Oxfordshire Garden Village

Client: Grosvenor

  • Lead-designer and masterplanning
  • Landscape architecture
  • Heritage
  • Ecology
  • Graphics

In 2017, a site to the north of Eynsham in Oxfordshire was selected as one of 14 proposed new Government supported Garden Villages in England. 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.

Having helped GDL be appointed as development partner to deliver the Garden Village, TOR was subsequently appointed to provide design and environmental services as part of preparing an outline planning application.

The design of the Development has evolved in accordance with Garden Village Principles and extensive consultation with the local community and key stakeholders, including West Oxfordshire District Council and Oxfordshire County Council.

Acting as design-lead, 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 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 development will provide 2,200 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.