Green light for major employment site

A new employment site is expected to bring hundreds of jobs to Banbury in the wake of a planning decision.

Published: Monday, 3rd June 2019

On Thursday 30 May, Cherwell District Council’s planning committee granted permission for two commercial buildings on a site adjoining the M40 at junction 11, east of the Banbury Gateway shopping centre.

The site is allocated in the adopted Local Plan for employment purposes and the proposal is expected to deliver around 725 to 900 jobs. Conditions include the applicant providing £750,081 towards a highway improvement scheme to relieve congestion on Hennef Way and £100,000 to help improve bus services on the Daventry Road.

Cllr Colin Clarke, Cherwell’s lead member for planning, said: “This is good news for the Banbury economy, with the foundations laid for creating hundreds of jobs.”

The development has been granted permission for industrial use, storage and distribution at two buildings that will provide up to 33,110 square metres of floorspace. Permission was also granted for a new junction to the Daventry Road and for all internal roads and landscaping on the site.

Cllr Clarke continued: “We are, of course, mindful of the impact that large commercial developments can have on traffic. It is therefore fitting that the details of access to the site and a substantial contribution to lessen congestion will be finalised before work on the buildings themselves begins.”

Outline permission was granted for a further one or two buildings of up to 16,890 square metres; the applicant would need to return a further planning application to finalise details of these.