The University of Oxford has submitted an Environmental Statement for its Castle Mill graduate accommodation, located near Port Meadow, to Oxford City Council for public consultation.
Unusually, the ES is ‘retrospective’ as it assesses the environmental effects of a development that already has planning permission and has been developed in full, to replicate the requirements of the EIA Regulations as far as possible. It also considers new design mitigation measures to reduce the significant impacts identified on the landscape and historic environment.
The ES has been publicised widely including at a public exhibition. Consultation comments will inform the Council’s future decision-making, including whether to discharge outstanding planning conditions. The University proposes to implement its preferred mitigation option through a new planning application.
Nicholas Pearson Associates coordinated and prepared the ES and the landscape and visual impact assessment, as part of a team including Orme Architecture (design mitigation), Nicholas Pearson Partnership (historic environment), JPPC Chartered Town Planners and others.