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  • Writer's pictureThe Bridge Burford

Eynsham Garden Village

WODC advise that an application for outline planning permission for the Oxfordshire Cotswolds garden village is expected to be submitted to West Oxfordshire District Council this week.

It comes as a key piece of legislation for the site, the Area Action Plan (AAP), nears completion. The final public consultation relating to the garden village AAP will take place this summer once approved by full council on 29 July. A planning hearing is anticipated in the autumn with adoption by the council by the end of the year.

The official name of the garden village will also be unveiled at the council meeting following a competition which generated more than 100 suggestions. It is not sated how many of those suggestions were serious and how many satirical. Suggestions from Bridge readers included West Summertown, White Elephant Parva and Strawberry Fields (since it will be surrounded by lots of jams).

The garden village will be a new standalone settlement of 2,200 new homes and a new science business park. The nearby Hanborough railway station together with a new Park and Ride to the north of Eynsham will give people an alternative to using their cars to get to work. It will reportedly have its own village facilities, such as a school and community resources, whilst taking proper account of environmental considerations and planned infrastructure improvements.

Update 23 July: the name will be Salt Cross, named after an ancient route by which salt was transported from Droitwich and which passed through the area.


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