Garden Village status awarded to two locations in Southern Oxfordshire

Released on June 27, 2019

The government has announced that both Berinsfield and Dalton Barracks are set to become garden villages.

As garden villages, both sites will have access to extra funding to help plan for new open spaces, high-quality housing, new employment opportunities, transport links and community facilities for its residents and wider community.  It will help to unlock the full potential of these communities to speed up delivery.

South Oxfordshire District Council has been working with the Berinsfield community for some time to work on what improvements villagers would like to see.  This new status will help provide well-designed new homes, whilst protecting and enhancing existing local green spaces.  The village expansion is included in South’s emerging Local Plan, with councillors set to consider the options available to them in the next few weeks.

Dalton Barracks would be a new development included in the Vale of White Horse District Council’s emerging Local Plan Part Two.  Should it come forward as a housing site with Garden Village status it could allow more affordable homes, community facilities and healthy spaces for residents living in the area. 

Cllr Sue Cooper, Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council said, “We are pleased the government are investing in our region and as a new administration, are looking at district-wide options to help us to build healthy sustainable communities.”

Cllr Emily Smith, Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council said, “If we build homes at Dalton Barracks the Garden Village funding will help ensure this new community is planned with environmental and social sustainability at its heart.”