Harwell Campus Supplementary Planning Document

Core Policy 15 of the Adopted Local Plan 2031 Part 1 allocates land at Harwell Campus for employment use.

Following the Inspector’s post-hearing letter on Local Plan 2031 Part 2 (dated 19 December 2018), the Council took steps remove the proposed allocation of 1,000 homes at Harwell Campus. Local Plan 2031 Part 2, Core Policy 15b ‘Harwell Campus Comprehensive Development Framework’ sets out that additional guidance will be provided for future development at Harwell Campus. This additional guidance - in the form of a comprehensive development framework – will be available as a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). 

The Council appointed Hankinson Duckett Associates to prepare the SPD for Harwell Campus.  In preparing the SPD, Hankinson Duckett Associates are working with key stakeholders, including Natural England, the North Wessex Downs AONB Board and Oxfordshire County Council. The Council intends to produce a draft SPD for formal consultation in 2019.

The SPD will ensure a comprehensive approach is taken to development at the Campus, including ancillary accommodation for staff and visitors, and ensure that development reflects its location within the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  The SPD will be a material consideration in assessing future planning applications on this site.

A Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and a Sustainability Appraisal (SA) will support the SPD. A SA scoping report is available here:

Last reviewed: 14 - 06 - 2019

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