Old Marston Paddock Public Engagement

Welcome! You will find on this page a project summary and imagery of the Old Marston Paddock scheme as well as a link to download the full public engagement document. We would love to know your thoughts, please email them to [email protected]

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Project Summary

Old Marston Paddock is located on the periphery of Old Marston, situated between the Conservation Area and the A40. The site was allocated under policy SP23 in the adopted Oxford Local Plan 2036, which stipulates a minimum of 39 dwellings and 10% Public Open Space for this site.

Design Approach

Contextual analysis of Old Marston Conservation Area and contemporary vernacular precedents from similar urban/rural fringe conditions have informed the design approach to the scheme. In particular, analysis of the Conservation Area and its positive buildings inspired the development of 3 different dwelling typologies that include corner cottages, village terraces and rural courtyard buildings, of which are unified by landscaping, planting and elements of stone walling.

Proposed Scheme

The proposed site layout comprises 40 dwellings (50% affordable), and Public Open Space (greater than 10% of the site area) that is principally located in the centre of the site. A new pedestrian path and cycle route connects Butts Lane through to the public green space at the centre of the site, subsequently to the wooded area and finally connects to the A40 cycle & footpath. The scheme features 26 houses and 14 flats composed in 3 ‘terraces’ that face a village green public open space in the centre. Each house has a private garden and the flats benefit from private amenity space such as balconies. The terraces lend themselves to increased thermal efficiency and further sustainable strategies such as high-performance building fabric, photovoltaic panels and air source heat pumps have been incorporated into the scheme. The material palette has been selected to complement Old Marston: Cotswold stone, buff brick, clay tile roofing and dark timber cladding.

Please refer to the full public engagement (link above) for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will be the impact on the Marston Conservation Area?

The site adjoins the Marston Conservation Area which has been the key driver in the design of the homes and hard and soft landscaping.

When will the new homes be completed and how long will it take to build?

It is anticipated that construction would begin in late 2021 with the first homes available for occupation 2022/23 with a construction period of 18-24 months.

How will construction vehicles navigate Butts Lane?

Smaller construction vehicles will only be able to navigate Butts Lane and a Construction Environmental Management Plan will be prepared to ensure safe access.

Will there be any affordable homes?

There will be 20 affordable homes of the 40 within the scheme in accordance with Oxford City Council policy.

Will there be connections for electric vehicles?

There will be convenient connections that will be incorporated within the street furniture (as part of the bike and bin stores) or connections from the home.

Will there be good pedestrian and cycle connections?

There will be a new pedestrian and cycle connection to the existing foot/cycle path on the southern side of the A40.

Will there be new trees planted?

There will be extensive new tree planting with native species including semi-mature specimens.

How will the proposals impact St Nicholas park?

The access to St Nicholas park will be clear at all times. There will be an additional pedestrian and cycle connection to the foot and cycle path alongside the A40.

How has the Covid 19 rules impacted engagement?

We would have preferred to speak in person to explain the proposals and here from you but we are hopeful that this method will give us feedback and allow the best possible exchange under the Covid 19 rules.

What type of information will be submitted?

The application will be in full with building details shown including approach to materials and elevations together with supporting information including drainage, energy and transport assessments to demonstrate that the proposals are suitable.


Here are some questions for you to consider when submitting your feedback

Do you feel the site constraints pages have correctly interpreted the site and its local context?

Do you like the materials we have selected?

Do you believe we have interpreted and reflected the nearby Conservation Area appropriately?

Do you think there are benefits to creating access from Marston to the cycle path through the site?

Do you feel the public open space to be provided is a useful addition to the local area?

Is there any additional information you wanted to read about that was not included at this stage?

Do you have any other comments you would like to make on the proposals?

Please send all responses to [email protected]