Garden villages are not new and have been around since the 19th century when places like New Lanark, Saltaire, Bournville and Port Sunlight were built as self-contained new communities, providing good quality housing, access to green space, fresh air and community activities and facilities. In recent years, there has been a renewed interest in garden communities and how they can play a role in delivering growth in a sustainable, healthy and inclusive way.
The garden village site is located to the north of the A40 near Eynsham, as indicated on the map below. The location of the site means it is well placed in relation to key transport links and Oxford City.
The Government has committed all councils to building a certain number of homes in a certain period of time to meet national housing demand. The garden village is being brought forward to help Oxford City Council, which does not have enough housing land, to meet its identified needs. Each of the Oxfordshire local authorities are assisting Oxford and the garden village is West Oxfordshire’s main contribution, together with some further planned housing to the west of Eynsham.
The garden village will be made up of around 2,200 new homes, including 50% affordable homes consisting of both rental and low-cost home ownership opportunities.
A broad range of housing needs will be catered for, including those wishing to self-build or self-finish their own home, families looking to step onto or progress up the housing ladder, essential local workers and older people looking for adaptable or specialist accommodation.
Housing delivery will be achieved as far as possible through the use of modern methods of construction and will be closely linked to the delivery of schools, transport infrastructure and open space.
We want to make sure our residents, in particular our young people, have access to affordable housing. The garden village will include affordable homes both for rent and for sale. Some affordable homes are expected to be provided on all new housing sites of over 10 houses. It is also vital we meet the needs of an ageing population. This could include bungalows, easy access homes, sheltered/supported housing and wheelchair accessible homes.
Grosvenor Developments Ltd. has been appointed on behalf of a number of the landowners to take forward an outline planning application for the garden village.
We have a group of local people, stakeholders and councillors that come together as a Community Forum. They have been involved in helping us to shape the village and make sure that the community’s voice is heard.
The forum aims to facilitate:
I want to be a part of the Community Forum but I haven’t attended the previous ones. Is it too late to join?
The Community Forum includes representatives from local community groups, organisations and councillors. If you are part of a local community group that has not previously attended, please get in touch with us to register for upcoming events. If you are part of a local community group or organisation that is represented at the Forum already, speak to your representative.
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We will create a strong and successful new community which is planned with people in mind, not just buildings and spaces.
We will do this by making sure that we foster a strong local vision by engaging the community throughout the process. To ensure community cohesion we will invest in supporting infrastructure, minimise disruption to residents and ensure that existing services and facilities are not put under unreasonable strain.
We will also ensure that long-term maintenance and stewardship arrangements are put in place for the lifetime of the garden village in consultation with, and for the benefit of, the whole community.
We will make sure that climate change is at the heart of every decision we make when developing the garden village. This means that every building, street and space will be designed with sustainability at the forefront of our thinking.
We will design buildings fit for the future, making sure that the impact of Salt Cross on climate change is mitigated by achieving net zero-carbon development. We will do this through 100% use of low and zero carbon energy and materials, with no reliance on fossil fuels.
We will minimise the impact of waste and move towards zero waste wherever possible.
We are very proud of the innovations planned for Salt Cross and have great ambition to deliver a village that is truly sustainable and caters for the needs of its residents. The most important elements that we want to deliver are listed below.