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Have your say on our Reserved Matters Application
Here we set out what's in the application.
We fundamentally believe that a well-designed public realm can contribute significantly to the quality of the built environment and play a key role in the creation of sustainable, inclusive, mixed communities.
We are submitting a Reserved Matters Application before the first phase of development Central takes place which will provide 140,000 sq ft (13,006 sq m) of laboratories and workspace in three buildings along with the first phase of the new public park.
The application seeks approval for the initial enabling works in Central and Canalside, north and south to the A40 and west of the A44.
The application covers:
- sustainable drainage ponds
- related initial infrastructure required for the new link road construction between the A40 and A44.
We have detailed planning consent to deliver the first phase which covers:
1. A40 transformation
2. Link road between A40 and A44
3. Temporary junction onto A44
4. Labs and workplace buildings and Red Hall
5. Majority of central landscape
6. Temporary car and cycle parking
7. Temporary paths to Canal and Park & Ride
The enabling works are needing to happen before the project's first phases start in Central.
A Biodiversity Construction Environment Management Plan was submitted as part of the hybrid planning application which sets out a series of measures to ensure appropriate ecology protection.
The proposed works will be carried out in accordance with this plan.
"We have designed a new life sciences district which places people at the heart of the design process, acknowledges diversity and difference, offers choice where a single solution cannot accommodate all users, provides for flexibility in use and buildings and environments that are convenient and enjoyable for everyone."
The Reserved Matters Application seeks approval for the initial enabling works in Central and Canalside, north and south to the A40 and west of the A44 including:
Earthworks across Central and Canalside to provide suitable development platforms as phase 1 comes forward to ensure that material from the site can be re-used within the application boundaries and will not need to be taken off-site and disposed of.
Gentle grading between the existing and proposed land levels to ensure that the level changes sit comfortably within the surrounding landscape.
Provision of attenuation ponds and swales – two ponds will be delivered which are designed to have fluctuating water levels as water passes through following periods of heavy rainfall before being slowly released.
Grass mixes that are suitable for areas of intermittent flooding are proposed. The outfall will provide for suitable attenuated connections to the adjacent watercourse.
Provision of substations – in order to supply electric power to the new laboratories and workspaces, three substations will be provided.
Services – as part of the initial infrastructure and enabling works, relevant services will be laid as part of the earthworks.
Landscaping – temporary and permanent landscaping will include native hedgerow planting and in Eastside, alongside Network Rail’s Oxford and Oxford Parkway line, a double row of native hedgerow planting will enable early growth.
Reseeding will follow earthworks’ completion to stabilise the surface and create an aesthetic outlook for those passing and occupying the initial phases.
An interim maintenance plan will cover regular trimming and watering as required and regular litter picking.