The site which totals 32.12ha is located to the south east of Kidlington, with the Barwood interest providing 27.75 ha and Hill Residential Ltd providing 4.37ha. Our joint promotion of this site with Hill Residential Ltd achieved a revision to the Green Belt designation and an allocation for 230 dwellings in the draft Cherwell Local Plan (Partial Review to meet Oxford’s unmet housing need). Following strong representations to the Local Plan Inquiry, Barwood achieved an increase in this allocation to 430 dwellings and the Cherwell Local Plan was adopted in September 2020. The adopted Local Plan was then subject to a Judicial Review which was rejected in July 2021
The scheme will deliver considerable public benefits including 430 homes of which 50% will be affordable and it will provide 11 ha of land for formal sports facilities for the development and for the wider community, an extension to the cemetery, as well as substantial green infrastructure within a revised area of Green Belt.
The Local Plan allocation requires any application to be supported by a comprehensive development brief for the whole site and we have been assisting Cherwell District Council in the preparation of a development brief which is expected to be formally adopted in June 2022. In response to the draft development brief, Barwood submitted an outline planning application for the Barwood interest in March 2022 for the development of up to 370 homes, public open space (including play areas and woodland planting), sports pitches and pavilion, drainage and engineering works, with all matters reserved (appearance, landscaping, layout and scale) except for vehicular and emergency accesses to Bicester Road and we continue to work with the Council to secure the determination of this application.