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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 Oxfordshire Cotswolds garden village will make a major contribution towards homes and jobs in a high quality living environment. It will 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. 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.

Outline planning application

The Outline Planning Application for the Oxfordshire Cotswolds Garden Village  will be made by Grosvenor Developments Ltd on behalf of the land owners at the Garden Village site.

Community representatives, Grosvenor Developments, West Oxfordshire District Council and Oxfordshire County Council have held meetings, events, consultations and activities to listen to ideas from a wide range of interests. Expert reports have also been produced and all information has enabled the development of a concept, vision and proposals for the Garden Village that responds to the nature of the place. Further consultation will take place during the summer.

Following on from our initial expert reports and feedback from public consultations we have produced additional expert reports..

Background to the garden village

We 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 three garden towns.

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.

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 us a request for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Scoping Opinion in respect of the Garden Village development.

Once considered, the our formal Scoping Opinion response will be published on the Public Access portal under the application reference number 19/00849/SCOPE. You can also register for updates.

It is anticipated that following the planning application process, the first homes will be completed at the garden village in 2021 to 2022.

Naming the Garden Village

We received over 100 suggested names for the Garden Village. The decision will be made at Council on 22 July 2020. We will announce the winning name following the Council meeting.

Area Action Plan

Due to Covid-19 the timetable for publishing the Area Action Plan final draft has been updated:

  • 29 July 2020 we sign off the Oxfordshire Cotswolds Garden Village Area Action Plan for regulation 19 public consultation
  • August to September 2020 public consultation of the Area Action Plan. The Area Action Plan will be made available electronically and in hard copy from West Oxfordshire District Council Offices (other deposit locations and exhibition events details to be confirmed pending Covid 19 requirements)
  • Autumn 2020 Planning Inspectorate hearings of the Area Action Plan and Planning Inspectorate report
  • Winter 2020 West Oxfordshire District Council adoption of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds Garden Village

Working closely with a range of stakeholders 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.

Preferred Options consultation

As part of the development of the AAP, we prepared a preferred options paper setting out a draft vision, themes and objectives for the garden village. Along with a series of potential policy approaches dealing with issues such as climate change, active and healthy travel, design and infrastructure.

This preferred options paper was subject to an eight week public consultation from 16 August to 11 October 2019.

The preferred options paper is available to download together with a number of supporting technical studies including a Sustainability Appraisal (SA) report.

During the consultation, we held two public exhibitions, on 6 September at Eynsham Village Hall and on 20 September at Long Hanborough Pavilion. You can view the consultation responses.

A summary report of the consultation will be available to view on this page in due course. All comments received will be taken into account as the final pre-submission draft Area Action Plan is prepared before further public consultation next year. 

Issues paper consultation

As a first step in the Area Action Plan process, we consulted on an initial issues paper from 22 June  to 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. 

Public exhibitions

As part of the process, three public exhibitions were held:

  • Eynsham: Thursday 28 June St. Leonard’s Church Hall, OX29 4HF
  • Long Hanborough: Friday 6 July Hanborough Pavilion & Village Hall, OX29 8JG
  • Eynsham: Monday 9 July 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, including links to each individual or organisation's full response.

Also available to download is a summary report of the consultation, which identifies the key issues raised under each consultation question and also more generally.