Introducing the Oxfordshire Plan 2050

Comment ID 1223
Document Section Introducing the Oxfordshire Plan 2050 POTENTIAL SPATIAL SCENARIOS POTENTIAL SPATIAL SCENARIOS View all on this section
Respondent CEG View all by this respondent
Agent Andrew Somerville
Response Date 04 Apr 2019
Comment

3. Spatial Strategy

The Emerging Plan is to propose a spatial strategy of how future growth is accommodated across the County, which will inform the location of strategic sized development.

In advance of this the Consultation sets out various options, from which one or a combination of those identified may come forwards.

To demonstrate the sustainable merits of residential development in the location of the Site (that location being adjacent to Hanborough railway station), it is considered against these spatial options.

Intensification around the edges of larger settlements and strategic extensions:

 as identified in the Consultation as a specific benefit of this model, development on the Site would directly link into existing rail and bus networks;

 unlike a new settlement, this transport infrastructure is existing and improvements can be provided as necessary, which would be far quicker and efficient than seeking new facilities/capacity afresh;

 as shown at Enclosure 2, development on the Site is close to (within walking distance) and will support existing services and amenities, including a primary school (which has recently obtained additional land to expand onto) and a new purpose built doctors’ surgery;

 unlike other locations, an expansion of Long Hanborough adjacent to the railway station is not constrained by the Green Belt; and

 unlike options to intensify development within existing suburbs, housing growth on the Site is not challenged by complex land ownership issues and would not be highly disruptive for existing residents.

Spoke and hub (focus on Oxford and its key corridors):

 development on the Site would facilitate the opportunities identified for funding to enhance key strategic corridors (A4095 and/or A40), including its unique position adjacent to Hanborough Station;

 improving existing infrastructure can be more cost efficient to achieve; and

 the opportunity presented by the railway and Hanborough Station, offering a meaningful alternative to the use of the car, would help address issues raised by the Consultation that such an approach exacerbates routes already at high capacity.

String settlement / settlement cluster:

development on the Site would complement the Council’s existing spatial strategy of development at Eynsham, Witney and Woodstock along with the Cotswold Garden Village;

 as well as being accessible by bus, cycling and/or walking and to a number of higher tier Rural Service Centres in West Oxfordshire – Long Hanborough, Eynsham, Woodstock and the Cotswold Garden Village – development on the Site would improve transport interchange facilities at and accessibility to Hanborough Station, including providing a direct bus link to the Cotswold Garden Village;

 through improvements to public transport infrastructure, development on the Site would greatly improve the sustainable benefits of this cluster of settlements in the part of West Oxfordshire closest to Oxford.

Against other spatial scenarios, development on the Site (in its location of West Oxfordshire) avoids many of the weaknesses of their approach:

New settlements:

 development on the Site could be delivered quickly; with less environmental impacts as it is well contained by existing built form, transport corridors and screening woodland; and by enhancing existing transport and social infrastructure need not be of a huge scale.

Intensification of centres:

 development on the Site will not affect the established character of town centres; is capable of providing well designed family housing; and is proven to be viable with development on Area A providing a policy compliant level of affordable housing.

Dispersal:

 development on the Site is capable of providing meaningful improvements to local transport and social infrastructure that smaller and dispersed sites are unable to; and such development would not affect the character of the western part of Long Hanborough, including its conservation area.

Overall

It is seen that development in the location of the Site is consistent with many of the spatial strategies identified in the Consultation, which is not at all surprising given the accessibility and sustainable credentials of the Site and its location adjacent to a railway station that is unaffected by higher level constraints.

Beyond this suitability, the Site and development in its location (capable of creating a new place/character, whilst located to support existing facilities) is able to accommodate a range of different housing types, tenure and size, along with high quality place making and urban design.

In any particular or combination of spatial strategies, the location of the Site must be considered a sustainable one, capable of delivery the type and quality of residential development sought.

 

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