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 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.
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)
You can have your say on our Issues Paper – which looks at key issues such as transport, housing, jobs and the environment - from 22 June until 5pm on Friday 3 August 2018.
The response form or any written comments should be sent to:
Planning Policy Team
West Oxfordshire District Council
New Yatt Road
Witney OX28 1PB
As part of the consultation, we will also be on hand to provide further information and answer any questions at the following exhibitions:
- Eynsham: Thursday 28 June 2-8pm St. Leonard’s Church Hall OX29 4HF
- Eynsham: Monday 9 July 2-8pm St. Leonard’s Church Hall OX29 4HF
Moving forward - key dates
- Initial ‘issues’ type consultation – 22 June 2018 - 3 August 2018
- ‘Preferred option’ type consultation – September 2018
- Formal consultation on submission draft AAP – January 2019
- Submission for examination – April 2019
- Examination – June 2019
- Adoption – October 2019
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 and submitted in 2019.
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