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Plans lodged for new West Oxfordshire garden village

Words: Martin Read
Garden village application in Oxfordshire / Grosvenor Britain & Ireland

Up to 2,200 homes, community amenities, green space and a 27-hectare business park are promised for a site to the north of Eynsham in West Oxfordshire.

Grosvenor Britain & Ireland has lodged an outline planning application for a project it says will “adapt garden village principles for the 21st century” by “by enhancing the natural environment and embracing low-carbon technologies”.

The masterplan comprises 2,200 homes, new primary and secondary schools, sports facilities, parks, allotments and 57,000 square metres of business space designed to attract advanced manufacturing businesses.

The site was one of 14 garden villages endorsed by the government in 2017 to help meet the UK’s housing need. Grosvenor was appointed by local landowners to bring forward a planning application.

Forty per cent of the site is set to remain undeveloped, including just under four hectares of new woodland planted to preserve and improve natural habitats and capture carbon, and in so doing help the site meet its net biodiversity gain target.

Twenty per cent of the village’s energy demand will be met using renewable sources, with land set aside for a smart energy hub to connect to renewable energy projects, and for an electric vehicle charging station. The entire site will use electricity for heating and hot water. 

It represents the largest application made by Grosvenor’s Strategic Land division. AECOM is acting as planning consultant for the project, Terence O’Rourke is delivering design and masterplanning, and Stantec is providing engineering support.  

Details of the plans will be published on the West Oxfordshire District Council planning portal for the public to view in due course.

Image credit | Grosvenor Britain & Ireland