Oxfordshire Cotswolds Garden Village
A key element of the West Oxfordshire Local Plan 2031 is the establishment of a new garden village to the north of the A40 near Eynsham.
The new garden village will make a major contribution towards providing much-needed homes and jobs in a high quality living environment. It will also unlock funds to improve infrastructure and boost the case for improvements to local transport links, including upgrades to the A40.
It will be a new standalone settlement, self-contained with its own village facilities, such as schools, community resources and employment opportunities, whilst taking proper account of environmental considerations and planned infrastructure improvements.
The initial garden village proposals set out in the Local Plan include 2,200 new homes and a new science business park which will give local people an alternative to driving to work in Oxford. In addition, the nearby Hanborough railway station together with a new Park and Ride facility to the north of Eynsham (expected to be open by 2020) will give people an alternative to using their cars.
You can find further information by visiting the Oxfordshire Cotswolds Garden Village website:
Area Action Plan
Working closely with a range of stakeholders - local residents, parishes, land owners, developers and specialists in environment and heritage protection - we are preparing an ‘Area Action Plan’ (AAP) for the garden village. This will set out how the new development will be taken forward, what it will look like and how it will function.
We will also be asking local communities for their views and contributions on many aspects of the village development from naming it to commenting and influencing its design.
'Issues paper' consultation (22 June - 3 August 2018)
As a first step in the AAP process, we consulted on an initial ‘issues paper’ from 22 June – 3 August 2018. The purpose of the issues paper was to seek early views on how to best tackle a number of important issues including transport, housing, jobs and the environment. A copy of the issues paper can be downloaded below.
As part of the process, three public exhibitions were held:
- Eynsham: Thursday 28 June 2-8pm St. Leonard’s Church Hall, OX29 4HF
- Long Hanborough: Friday 6 July 2-8pm Hanborough Pavilion & Village Hall, OX29 8JG
- Eynsham: Monday 9 July 2-8pm St. Leonard’s Church Hall, OX29 4HF
The consultation closed on 3 August 2018 and responses were received from over 200 individuals and organisations. A list of respondents is available to download below, including links to each individual or organisation's full response.
Also available to download below is a summary report of the consultation, which identifies the key issues raised under each consultation question and also more generally.
To help inform the development of the AAP, the Council has commissioned a range of technical evidence from independent consultants.
These documents will be published below once complete. Those that have already been completed are available to download by cliking on the relevant link.
- Landscape and heritage (Land Use Consultants)
- Green Infrastructure (Land Use Consultants)
- Preliminary Ecological Impact Assessment (TACP)
- Preliminary Ecological Impact Assessment explanatory note
- Employment study (Lichfields)
- Eynsham Area Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP) Stage 1 Report (AK Urbanism)
- Transport Evidence Baseline Report (Wood)
- Sustainability Appraisal (Land Use Consultants)
- Level 2 Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (JBA)
- Housing Strategy (Iceni)
- Hanborough Station Study (ITP)
In relation to the Sustainability Appraisal, the Council has prepared a scoping document setting out the proposed framework and objectives that will be used to inform the appraisal process.
To meet legislation, the scoping document was sent to statutory consultees (Environment Agency, Natural England, Historic England) on 23 November 2018 with comments invited by 4 January 2019.
Having regard to any comments received the SA scoping document will then be finalised and used to inform the subsequent SA work on the garden village and the land west of Eynsham which is also allocated for development in the Local Plan.
A copy of the SA scoping document is available to download below.
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Background to the garden village
The District Council submitted an expression of interest to the Government in 2016.
In January 2017, the Government announced that it would contribute funding towards the new Oxfordshire Cotswolds Garden Village alongside 13 other garden villages and 3 garden towns.
- Download our Garden Village Expression of Interest
- View the Government announcement on Garden Villages
Government backing for the Garden Village allows detailed planning to begin and the opportunity to access infrastructure funding programmes across government, such as the new £2.3 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund announced through last year’s Autumn Statement.
Below is a brief factsheet about the garden village and some information on the Eynsham area. This is not subject to consultation and is provided for information purposes only.
- Garden Village 'Fact Sheet'
- Eynsham wider area - travel and economic data
- Local Insight Profile for the Eynsham area
Grosvenor Developments Ltd
A development partner – Grosvenor Developments Ltd - has been appointed on behalf of the landowners and is now undertaking the initial work needed to develop a masterplan and outline planning application for the site which will be prepared in parallel with the AAP.
In March 2019, Grosvenor submitted to West Oxfordshire District Council a request for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Scoping Opinion in respect of the Garden Village development. The EIA Scoping Opinion Report and its appendices can be downloaded below:
Once considered, the Council's formal Scoping Opinion response will be published on the Public Access portal which can be accessed via the link below, under the application reference number 19/00849/SCOPE.
It is anticipated that following the planning application process, the first homes will be completed at the garden village in 2021/22.
What is a garden village?
Garden villages are new settlements of between 1,500 and 10,000 homes. Garden towns are larger new settlements of more than 10,000 homes.
These new settlements will be based on key principles established through the ‘Garden City movement’ in the late 19th Century:
- Strong vision, leadership and community engagement
- Community ownership of land and long term stewardship of assets
- Provision of a wide range of jobs within easy commuting distance of homes
- Ensuring a broad mix of housing types and tenures that are genuinely affordable including starter homes and opportunities for self-build
- Providing integrated and accessible transport systems, with walking, cycling and public transport designed to be the most attractive forms of local transport
- Beautifully and imaginatively designed homes with gardens, combining the best of town and country to create healthy communities, and including opportunities to grow food
- Strong cultural, recreational and shopping facilities in walkable, vibrant, sociable neighbourhoods
- Development that enhances the natural environment, providing a comprehensive green infrastructure network and net biodiversity gains, and seeks to minimise carbon use and achieve energy-positive technology to ensure climate resilience
- Land value capture for the benefit of the community