Introducing the Oxfordshire Plan 2050

Comment ID 1228
Document Section Introducing the Oxfordshire Plan 2050 Aspiration 5 - Improve connectivity and movement Text Block View all on this section
Respondent CEG View all by this respondent
Agent Andrew Somerville
Response Date 04 Apr 2019

9. To reduce the need to travel and provide better travel choices, ensuring that walking and cycling are convenient and attractive, and that public transport is preferred by residents to private car ownership and use:

 the Site, being adjacent to Hanborough Station, has excellent accessibility to railway services;

 to put this into context, none of the main towns in the District has a railway station; Long Hanborough is only one of two ‘Rural Service Centres’ in the District with railway accessibility (the other being Charlbury, but that is greatly constrained by being within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty); and there is no other railway station in the Eynsham-Woodstock sub

area – the area best located to minimise journey lengths for people travelling to Oxford for work or to access other facilities;

 the railway accessibility of the Site and the opportunity to focus development in such a sustainable location is unmatched within the District;

 train services are increasing at Hanborough Station as confirmed by the Council’s Oxfordshire Cotswolds Garden Village Area Action Plan – Issues Paper (June 2018) (paragraph 6.87):

"There is potential for further growth with the introduction of an hourly service in December 2018. New trains will bring increased capacity with additional seating and will also achieve faster journey times, with some services from Hanborough reaching London Paddington in 63 minutes."

 the Site is well served by recently improved bus services, with service No. 233 running every 30 minutes throughout the day and evening along the A4095 (Main Road) between Burford, Witney and Woodstock;

 it is also significant that Stagecoach (the bus operator) is supportive of development on the Site, as confirmed in the Appeal Decision (paragraph 72), because bus service No. 233 can sustainably operate without subsidy;

 comprehensive development on the Site would provide a southern access to Hanborough Station from Lower Road, as well as interchange and other facilitates at the station, with specific benefits:

o for pedestrians and cyclists, this route will be shorter, safer, more convenient and attractive than the alternative via the A4095; and

o for buses this would be a more direct route, without needing to turn onto the A4095 with that risk of delay – thus making it more attractive to passengers and improving prospects of greater patronage and a shift away from the private car.

10. To promote development in the most sustainable locations and co-locating homes and jobs; then connecting those less sustainable locations through improved public transport and digital networks:

 development in the location of the Site would be adjacent to the well-established Hanborough Business Park, offering a wide range of employment opportunities within walking distance, as well as adjoining one of the few railway stations in West Oxfordshire and the closest to Oxford. Development here would certainly co-locate homes and jobs in one of the most sustainable locations in Oxfordshire.