Permission was granted for the University of Oxford’s graduate accommodation at Castle Mill, near Port Meadow, in 2012. After a Judicial Review hearing, an Environmental Statement was submitted in 2014, followed by further information. Unusually, the ES was ‘retrospective’ as the development already had planning permission, and the ES identified new options to mitigate significant effects on the landscape and heritage.
In February 2016, Oxford City Council accepted the ES as valid, and agreed in principle to the University’s proposed mitigation option (tree planting and elevational treatment to buildings). This enables the University to move forward on detailed design and consultation on the mitigation scheme.
We prepared the ES and the landscape and visual impact assessment, as part of a team including Orme Architecture, Nicholas Pearson Partnership (historic environment) and JPPC Chartered Town Planners.
University of Oxford: http://www.ox.ac.uk/local-community/castle-mill