Plans revealed for a major new urban district for Oxford

Oxford Urban Gateway

Plans for a new urban district for Oxford have been unveiled by masterplanning company Thomas White Oxford, on behalf of St John’s College, Oxford.

Oxford North, previously known as Northern Gateway, will be a thriving and vibrant business community with innovation and sustainability at its heart, says the masterplanning company.

The site is located north of the Wolvercote Roundabout between the A40 (the North Oxford BMW Garage & petrol station) and A44.

Oxford North will unlock previously inaccessible land,  introducing tree-lined city streets for the A40 and A44 and building a new central street, workplaces, homes, shops, leisure, arts and culture, and public green spaces.

The plans show the delivery of 87,000 sqm of workspace, creating around 4,500 new jobs, 480 new homes, both market and affordable and 23 acres of open spaces.

The new urban district will see £100 million of infrastructure investment, including £30 million on walking, cycling, bus and highway networks. It will link to the City centre and Oxford Parkway with 5.7 miles of new or improved cycle paths and be the gateway of the Oxford to Cambridge corridor.

£5.9 million of advanced A40 transport infrastructure improvements, with funding having been secured from the central government Local Growth Fund by Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire County Council and Oxfordshire LEP.

Julian Barwick, Project Chairman, Oxford North said: “From my personal perspective, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Oxford. Oxford North will be not just of local importance, but also significant at the UK and international level, supporting the world-class research that takes place in the city and creating a setting where it can flourish and adding to the economy. Our investment into the infrastructure will be significant. We look forward to sharing our designs for the emerging masterplan at the forthcoming public exhibitions and continuing our positive discussions with Oxford City Council on the details of the final scheme.”

Nigel Tipple, Chief Executive, OxLEP said: “The Oxford North development has major potential and can become another key asset of our economy, generating new jobs and offering a vibrant and innovative community.”

The public consultation process will seek the views on Oxford North’s proposed plans before Thomas White Oxford applies for outline consent for the overall masterplan and detailed consent for the first phase of development. The applications will be submitted at the end of July 2018.

Acting on behalf of Thomas White Oxford are: Fletcher Priest Architects, Townshend Landscape Architects, Savills, Gardiner & Theobald, Peter Brett, Hoare Lea, EDP, AKT II, and BSG Ecology.