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Plans for homes and hotel near Thornhill park and ride altered


Sep 17, 2022

PLANS to build more than 400 homes, a hotel and ‘innovation centre’ near a park and ride have been altered.

According to the developer’s website, 134 ‘stylish and contemporary living spaces’ are already available at Thornhill Park, adjacent to the Thornhill park and ride in London Road, Headington.

When complete, the entire development will see 402 apartments, a 133-bedroom hotel, and employment provision through an innovation centre.

A design and access statement addendum document highlights the changes made to the previous master plan.

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The innovation centre has been reduced from five storeys to four, after buildings in the development were generally regarded as too tall.

In response, the addendum document – prepared on behalf of Shavriam Group – shows what adjustments have been made.

The document states: “All the buildings on the external boundary edges have been reduced in height, in particular on the western boundary.

“It has been agreed through detailed discussions that a one-storey reduction of the hotel, innovation centre, block A, block D and blocks F-I, combined with the repositioning of the hotel and blocks A-D addresses these concerns.

Oxford Mail: A previous artist impression of Thornhill Park. Picture: Savills/ ShaviramA previous artist impression of Thornhill Park. Picture: Savills/ Shaviram

“All buildings along the western boundary were considered too close to the existing neighbours with insufficient buffer for landscape.

“The scheme has been redesigned to reposition the hotel, blocks A-D and the terrace buildings to address these concerns.

“A reduction of one storey of the extension to the innovation centre was considered acceptable to improve the relationship between the existing and proposed elements of the building while retaining a successful building use.

“The new design looks at reducing the building by one storey, removing a typical floor while retaining the ‘penthouse level’ and bringing the scale of the building down in relation to its context.”

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The changes have been met with opposition though, with one resident in Downside Road using Oxford City Council’s online planning portal to say that alterations haven’t gone far enough.

The comment states: “It has still not in any way addressed the additional stress these residents will place on a local infrastructure already under strain from significant local development.

“Unless they are planning to fund doctors, dentists and school provision, any further development in this area should not be considered.”

In a consultee comment dated April 12, Oxfordshire County Council, as the lead local flood authority, objected to the plans, stating: “The surface water drainage plans needs to provide more details on the drainage infrastructure.”

The application can be viewed on the city council’s planning portal, using the reference number 21/01695/FUL.

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This story was written by Liam Rice, he joined the team in 2019 as a multimedia reporter.

Liam covers politics, travel and transport. He occasionally covers Oxford United.

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