In 2017 land located to the north of the A40 near Eynsham was selected as one of the original 14 government-supported Garden Villages across the country. An area of 217.6 hectares was subsequently allocated as the Oxfordshire Cotswolds Garden Village Strategic Location for Growth in the West Oxfordshire District Council (WODC) Local Plan to accommodate a free-standing exemplar Garden Village.
Having helped GDL to be appointed as development partner to deliver the Garden Village, TOR was subsequently commissioned to lead on the design and provide environmental services relating to landscape, ecology and heritage, as part of preparing an outline planning application.
The design of OGV has evolved in accordance with Garden Village Principles and extensive consultation with the local community and key stakeholders, including WODC and Oxfordshire County Council.
Extensive work was undertaken to understand the intricate and complex site, and its local and regional context. In unison with the production of an Area Action Plan (AAP) for the Garden Village, a bespoke vision and masterplan aimed to capture the essential and distinct characteristics of a West Oxfordshire settlement and deliver high standards across all aspects of the project in respect to climate change. The new Garden Village will provide 2,200 new homes, as well as associated employment space, amenities, and social and green infrastructure arranged around three distinct and walkable neighbourhoods, each of which will be clothed in a rich, rural landscape.