Consultation has begun over a development brief for 1,950 homes, two schools and the expansion Begbroke Science Park.

Cherwell District Council’s consultation over the 190-hectare site from Begbroke to Yarnton, east of the A44, known as PR8 in the Local Plan, runs until Wednesday, December 20.

The site is allocated to meet Oxford’s unmet housing need and half the new homes will be required to be affordable.

Cllr Dan Sames, portfolio holder for planning and development, said: “We always aspire that residential developments in our district should be attractive places for our residents.

“Healthy living is a fundamental consideration and we are looking for the PR8 development to be a national exemplar in healthy place-shaping. Encouraging walking and cycling will be a core aim that will be made easier with well-connected walking and cycling routes, both across the site and to surrounding neighbourhoods.

“In line with our policies for sustainable development, this brief includes measures to enhance the natural environment by designating a nature conservation area and local nature reserve. Publicly accessible open space and sports facilities will also be required so that residents can pursue an active lifestyle.

“We take the views of local residents seriously and want to hear from people living in Kidlington, Yarnton and Begbroke. I’d like to encourage residents to take a look at the proposed details and let us know their views.”

The consultation is limited to views on the detailed content of the draft development brief, rather than the principle of development.


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