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Oxfordshire Garden Village 29 Aug 2020 West Oxfordshire District Council is consulting on a draft Area Action Plan for Salt Cross garden village -please have your say

‘Once adopted, the AAP will be used alongside the Local Plan and Eynsham Neighbourhood Plan to determine future proposals for the site.’

The consultation period runs until Friday 23 October.

View press release | Have your say

Background and links

TIMELINE: Grosvenor Developments’ outline planning application for the entire Garden Village site (2,200 dwellings plus commercial, education, etc.) was submitted to West Oxfordshire District Council on 15 June and was posted on the WODC planning portal on 3 July. View the documents and comments; background notes are provided above.

Oxfordshire County Council has a unique interest in this development, as both a landowner of Evenlode Farm - and of the A40 Park & Ride site - and as the Statutory Authority. Advance notice from the OCC estate team continued as follows…

‘From a landowner perspective, OCC have no reason to object (and as a minority landowner we are happy to support the application alongside the other landowners).’

County Councillor Charles Mathew has expressed dissatisfaction with the process and asked for…

‘the financial, the eco- / green-friendly and social principles which OCC have adopted in joining the syndicate / partnership for the Garden Village. It is important that people can … be sure that OCC is being transparent.

‘I believe that OCC as representative for the local people have a duty to consider the effect on the residents and people of Eynsham and offer compensation … not to embark on major road schemes on the A40, which are potentially ineffective and wasting public money, when a public service on the old railway line from Carterton via Witney and Eynsham to Oxford would tick many of the policies...

‘I believe that we are not following our duties as a Local Authority and we need to review the implications of this planning application before it is submitted. Money can never be the sole consideration in our position.’


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