Key developments lined up for Oxfordshire’s garden village

Oxfordshire Garden Village site aerial

Outline planning permission for the Oxfordshire Cotswolds garden village is expected to be submitted to West Oxfordshire District Council this week.

The move by Grosvenor Developments, land promoters acting on behalf of the owners of the site near Eynsham, has been highly anticipated and will represent a major milestone in the planning process.

It comes as a key piece of legislation for the site, the Area Action Plan (AAP), nears completion.

The AAP is the culmination of comprehensive work involving public meetings, events and consultations along with the compilation of expert reports showcasing the concept, vision and proposals for the garden village.

It will provide the legislative framework against which the outline planning application will be measured.

The final public consultation relating to the garden village AAP will take place this summer once approved by full Council on 29 July. A planning hearing is anticipated in the autumn with adoption by the Council by the end of the year.

The official name of the garden village will also be unveiled at the Council meeting following a competition which generated more than 100 suggestions.

Cllr Jeff Haine, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, said: “Public consultation and community engagement has been at the heart of this process since we lodged our bid with the Government for a garden village to be sited here.

“We intend to continue with that process of engagement as the planning process progresses. It is important that everyone appreciates there will two lots of consultation running closely together – one for the Area Action Plan and one for the outline planning application from Grosvenor Developments. They serve different purposes and if you want your views to carry maximum weight please respond to both.

“These are exciting developments which will help bring the Garden Village project to life in the not too distant future.”