The team behind the Harrington development in South Oxfordshire is to put on a community planning weekend to plot the way forward.

Harrington, a proposed highly-sustainable settlement, based on the principles of a concept called One Planet Living, is being promoted by Summix, which has put together a number of experts to collaborate with nearby residents, businesses and other organisations.

Summix describes the proposal as having everything in place for residents to lead healthy, low carbon lifestyles and includes a commitment to sustainability, health and wellbeing, community services, biodiversity and protecting the wider environment.

Along with homes, the settlement will have a new secondary school,  primary schools, a high street and neighbourhood shops and cafés, flexible working space, transport links, GP surgeries, leisure and community facilities.

The site, south of the A40 and close to J7 of the M40, is neither in the Oxford Green Belt nor the Chilterns AONB. It is intended to avoid contributing to urban sprawl around existing communities.

Greg Mitchell, executive planning director for Summix, said: “We’re really looking forward to working side-by-side with the local community to explore the best ways to deliver a genuinely sustainable 21st Century community with all the best attributes of a market town – including great facilities, sustainable homes and jobs to meet local needs.

“Building a new community for the 21st Century means you can deliver a wide array of amenities within easy reach for local people, much more than what’s possible by extending existing towns and villages with endless new estates, which all too often destroy local character and add pressure onto existing services.

“At the same time, we’re especially aware that new generations growing up in Oxfordshire are struggling to find decent affordable housing. The new settlement would be the opportunity to provide attractive, energy efficient new homes for local people, at all tenures, to suit all incomes.”

He encouraged those seeking to find out more to attend the weekend event which is on Friday, November 11, Saturday, November 12 and Tuesday, November 15 at the Hilton Oxford Belfry, London Road, Milton Common, OX9 2JW.

Public workshops and an exhibition will take place on Friday 11th from 1.45pm – 5.30pm and Saturday 12th from 11.15am – 4pm.

There will then be a ‘report back’ presentation by JTP on Tuesday 15th from 7pm – 8.30pm.

The event is a drop-in so no pre-booking is required.


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