Large developments

  • Oxford Station concept designs

    Response to Public Exhibition 14th – 29th December 2015

    10 January 2016

    The overriding objective for a new station for Oxford should be how well it works as a genuine transport interchange. But all the designs presented seem to offer poorer connections between rail, cycle, bus, car and taxi, than the existing station. We have commented on each of the six concepts in detail.

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  • Manor Place student housing – OCS objections

    Land South Of Manor Place Oxford Oxfordshire OX1 3UN

    3 August 2015

    Oxford Civic Society has grave misgivings about these proposals for such a jewel of a site. It is alarming that Oxford University has not been proactive in influencing Merton College’s decisions relating to the site, despite the facts that (a) the University claims, as in the case of the St Cross College application, to have an urgent need for postgraduate accommodation and (b) this project will make no contribution to meeting the commitment on providing student housing given to the City Council by the University and Oxford Brookes.

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  • Science Vale Area Action Plan

    We are keen to see the Knowledge Spine of the Oxfordshire Strategic Economic Plan implemented successfully.

    24 April 2015

    Oxford Civic Society has recently responded to the Consultation on the Science Vale Area Action Plan Issues and Scope Document, February 2015. The comments complement OCS comments made a little earlier on the South Oxfordshire District Council Consultation: Local Plan 2031: Refined Options Consultation and on the recent Oxfordshire County Council consultation “Connecting Oxfordshire”. This…

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  • Wolvercote Paper Mill Development

    Comments on an exhibition showing proposals for the Wolvercote Paper Mill site.

    21 March 2015

    First impressions: more thought needs to be given as to how the community area will 'read' to visitors as they approach from the entrance to the site; for example, how the parking there relates to the entrance/front elevation of the surgery, and what the 'feel' and proportions of the area might be like, surrounded by higher blocks.

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  • Roger Dudman Way Environmental Impact

    The Society's response to the Environmental Impact Analysis of the Roger Dudman Way flats.

    18 December 2014

    Not for many years has a new building project of the University of Oxford aroused so much opposition. Of the 430 individual responses to the consultation over 95% supported Option 3, many of them offering individually expressed views at some length. The Environmental Statement (ES) establishes very clearly that Option 3 is the only one of the three options to deliver a significant reduction in the harm done by the development to landscape and visual effects and to the historic environment.


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  • Westway Objections in full

    8 October 2014

    Planning application reference: P13/V2733/FUL Demolition of a mix of existing buildings and the erection of mixed use development comprising retail, restaurants and cafes, offices, hotel, student accommodation and ancillary facilities, 33 apartments, replacement vicarage, library and place of worship (Baptist Church), health centre, cinema, gymnasium, covered car parking and access, public square, landscaping and associated…

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  • Northern Gateway Area Action Plan

    Our response to the Proposed Submission

    1 October 2014

    Before any development of the Northern Gateway site the problems of serious traffic congestion, noise and chronic air pollution must be resolved. This is recognised in the adopted Core Strategy. The AAP Proposed Submission differs from the Core Strategy with no justification, making it unsound and potentially, we suspect, illegal.

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  • Roger Dudman Woe

    The independent review of the Castle Mill flats planning fiasco.

    6 March 2014

    We shall probably never know why the University of Oxford changed the brief for the student housing on Roger Dudman Way from “creating a sense of place and community” to one that produced the structures that now dominate Port Meadow. The City Council commissioned an independent review following the outcry when local people finally became aware of the blocks being built. The review was published at the end of December. We had the small consolation of being included in the working party of three councillors and three community organisations appointed by the Council to oversee the review.

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  • Westgate revised application

    We are disappointed to see that our concerns have not been addressed in the revised application.

    3 February 2014

    The arrangements for accessibility and the overall design concept of the proposed development remain inadequate. Consideration of these fundamental issues need to be addressed at this stage and cannot be deferred until a later stage of design.

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  • Manor Place Student Housing Development

    Comments on the developers' initial proposals

    30 January 2014

    The peace and tranquillity of the cemetery, to which the public have access, will be destroyed and there will be serious shadowing from sunlight. The proposal to provide full restaurant facilities should help alleviate the concept of another ‘student silo’, and the provision of limited additional kitchen facilities in each building, on each floor enhances this aspect.

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