P20/V1667/O

Headline

Redevelopment of Fermi Gate to provide workspace parking and landscaping at Harwell Campus
Amendment Nov 2020 – flood risk, building heights etc
Amendment May 2021 – transport strategy

Detail

Outline application with all matters reserved for the redevelopment of part of Harwell Science and Innovation Campus known as the ‘Fermi Gate’ to provide employment floorspace (Use Classes B1 and B2) for offices, laboratories and light industrial uses, temporary accommodation (Use Class C1), supporting parking and ancillary uses (Use Class A1 / A3), and landscaping and open space.
Location¬† Land known as ‘Fermi Gate’ bounded by Dido Road Harwell Science and Innovation Campus Oxfordshire

Amendment Nov 2020 – flood risk, building heights etc

Amendment May 2021 – transport strategy

P20/V1667/O

Redevelopment of Fermi Gate to provide workspace parking and landscaping at Harwell Campus
Amendment Nov 2020 – flood risk, building heights etc
Amendment May 2021 – transport strategy

Status Objects
Major application?
Registration Date July 8, 2020
Consultation Start Date July 8, 2020
Consultation End Date August 26, 2020
Target Decision Date December 7, 2020
PC Meeting Date June 8, 2021
PC Comments 25.8.2020 - Council OBJECTS to this application on the basis that the Masterplan cited in the application has no relevance as it has not been approved by VWHDC. The projected increase in traffic, excessive number of parking spaces and lack of encouragement for or investment in public transport are unacceptable. Cycle lanes end at the entrance to Diamond instead of reaching Fermi Gate. Council supports the comments made by Chilton Parish Council. 19.11.2020 amendment - Objection. Committee wished to reiterate objections to the original application as these have not been addressed, and there are 2300 parking spaces but only 1900 estimated employees. A travel plan should be in place before any construction work begins, directing construction traffic away from Rowstock. 8.6.2021 amendment - Objection; Concerns about traffic across the local area, including the A4185, Rowstock and Hagbourne Hill. The traffic model shows that junctions are already at capacity in peak periods, and this takes no account of other large developments proposed for the area, eg the application P21/V1711/FUL at the former Esso premises in Milton. The development cannot be environmentally sustainable with so many cars encouraged to park on site (1750 spaces)and no real alternative for other modes of transport. The multi-storey car park should be site-managed rather than individual company-managed and parking charges should be considered to encourage use of other transport methods. No improvements are proposed for cycle/pedestrian routes in spite of previous requests. The cycle lane should continue into the site and there should be safe crossing points for pedestrians. The lack of a Campus Masterplan is still of concern. Should this development be permitted, the 20 mph speed limit should be enforced, with traffic calming measures put in place to slow drivers, the number of peak time buses should be increased, and any construction traffic should use the A34 access at Chilton and not travel through Rowstock.
Neighbours?
Vale Decision Date
Vale Decision No decision yet
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