Introducing the Oxfordshire Plan 2050

Comment ID 1067
Document Section Introducing the Oxfordshire Plan 2050 INTRODUCTION (no name) View all on this section
Respondent The Church Commissioners for E… View all by this respondent
Agent Jenny Mitter
Response Date 27 Mar 2019

These representations are prepared on behalf of our client, the Church Commissioners for England.

The Church Commissioners has a significant (circa 499 ha) landholding in the village of Islip (Cherwell District Council) which has previously been promoted through the Cherwell Local Plan process as follows:

Cherwell Local Plan Partial Review Issues Consultation (29 January - 11 March 2016) and Call for Sites;

Cherwell Local Plan Partial Review Options Consultation (14 November 2016 9 January 2017); and

• Cherwell Local Plan Partial Review Proposed Submission Consultation (17 July 2017 - 10 October 2017).

The site was also submitted under the National Infrastructure Commission’s call for evidence for the Cambridge Milton Keynes – Oxford ‘growth corridor’ in August 2016.

Islip is a very sustainable village, benefitting from an existing train station, a good bus service and is located circa 35 minutes cycle from Oxford. The existing village also has a number of key facilities including a primary school, doctors, shop etc.

The Church Commissioners’ landholdings extend to nearly all of the land surrounding Islip, up to the A34. There is therefore a rare opportunity to deliver growth in a sustainable location on two major transport corridors, where the vast majority of land is within the Church Commissioners’ ownership, which greatly simplifies delivery.

Alongside these representations, a Call for Ideas submission will be made (on or before the 12th April deadline) which will provide further information on the site, analyse the challenges and demonstrate the benefits development at Islip can bring. The reader of these representations is therefore encouraged to consider these representations alongside the Call for Ideas document.