Local people invited to shape vision for new 21st century sustainable community for South Oxfordshire

Residents, businesses and organisations from across South Oxfordshire and beyond are being invited to help co-create a vision for Harrington – a proposed new 21st century sustainable community with all the best attributes of a traditional market town.

As promoter of the scheme, Summix has assembled an nationally respected team of experts in creating sustainable communities to bring forward an exemplar new settlement which best delivers on the emerging aspirations of the area’s Joint Local Plan to meet local needs.  Now they are asking the local community to take part in helping to design it with them.

The proposal is that Harrington will have everything in place for residents to lead a healthy, low carbon lifestyle in an enterprising and supportive new community. Applying the principles of One Planet Living®, the ambition includes a commitment to sustainability, health and wellbeing, great community services, enhancing biodiversity and protecting the wider environment.

Situated to the south of the A40 and in close proximity to Junction 7 of the M40, the land assembled to deliver Harrington is neither in the Oxford Green Belt nor the Chilterns AONB. Crucially, the new settlement will be designed to deliver the sustainable amenities and homes South Oxfordshire needs, without contributing to urban sprawl around existing communities.

As well as providing a sustainable community in its own right, Harrington is located to be a catalyst for enhanced connectivity across the Oxfordshire-Buckinghamshire “Innovation Corridor” from Grove & Wantage in the west to Aylesbury in the east.  The vision for this Innovation Corridor will improve connectivity between communities and science and innovation destinations including Harwell Campus, Culham Science Park and Westcott Venture Park.

To shape the vision for Harrington, the team are inviting people to participate at a Community Planning Weekend from Friday 11th to Tuesday 15th November at the Hilton Oxford Belfry, London Road, Milton Common, OX9 2JW. The Community Planning Weekend, also known as a ‘Charrette’, gives local people, businesses and other organisations the opportunity to co-create a community that is inclusive, innovative and genuinely delivers on a collective vision for South Oxfordshire.

In the run up to the Community Planning Weekend, people can provide their initial comments on the local area and views on shaping a 21st century community at Harrington via an interactive map and questionnaire.