Read some of the comments made previously at public workshops below.

Comments from Commonplace website

Public space, materials and detailing, green spaces and networks, fitting the local context, safe, walkable routes, building design
green spaces and networks
The development should be high density allowing the maximum amount of green space, green corridors and wildlife habitat. The buildings should go to 4-6 stories if required, with green roofs where possible and solar panels. There should be a lot of shared community space.
What this development *must not* turn into is a Madley Park style maze of fake sandstone houses, haphazardly arranged with no regard for the overall feel. This must feel like a cohesive village, not just a housing estate.
I would recommend you to look at the RSPB’s work on helping wildlife to live alongside people, eg bat boxes on houses, hedgehog routes, barn owl roosting, and this. Dumping enormous quantities of houses on a beautiful piece of countryside should be about protecting wildlife first. How will what you do impact on the last barn owls in Oxfordshire? By all means put in ‘green spaces’ – access to them in Eynsham is very limited, and with all the extra housing will shortly become almost non-existent. Eynsham residents will not want to share what little we have with thousands of people – and the hard-pressed wildlife won’t either.
Health benefits, Other
Wildlife habitat, Health benefits, Walking, Sport and leisure, Community events, Play space
Walking, Play space, Wildlife habitat, Amenity and views
Wildlife habitat
Wildlife habitat
Wildlife habitat, Walking, Health benefits
Modern housing developments tend to have gardens that are small and not adequate for owners to grow a reasonable amount of fruit and vegetables. Provision therefore needs to be made for allotment sites where people can “grow their own”. There are so many benefits from “growing your own” that should not be overlooked.   For those concerned over how their their vegetable are actually grown, growing your own gives the answer, also, when people taste freshly grown vegetables, they realise the vast improvement in flavour over “shop” bought produce.  Allotment gardening also has many health benefits – spending time in the “open air” coupled with gentle exercise in digging, sowing, and harvesting.   There is also the satisfaction of reaping the benefits from earlier effort!

Protecting and restoring the environment and natural habitats must be at the heart of your plans. Climate change and biodiversity loss are two of the biggest threats to all of us over the coming decades. Green infrastructure will help with these issues and be fantastic for the health and well being of residents

You need to create nature reserves, woodlands, species rich hedgerows,protect the amazing habitats at City Farm, plan for flooding and drought ( with natural urban drainage), create wildlife corridors and stepping stones, have hedgehog habitat and highways within the built environment, swift bricks, house martin and swallow nesting opportunities, bat roosting sites and feeding corridors ( low or no light pollution), pollinator rich habitat throughout, community gardens and orchards and allotments, parks, play areas, sport pitches and a village green,

If you were really serious about making the new estate a model for helping wildlife thrive – open water for birds and amphibians, plants like nettles that benefit particular caterpillars etc – why not involve BBONT – Berks, Bucks, and Oxon Wildlife Trust.  Plenty of active elderly people already volunteer to tend wild spaces, why not involve them?  Please avoid areas with ghastly ‘designer grasses’, tubs that don’t get watered, and areas of dense shrub designed to trap as much rubbish under and around them as possible. 

What does your statement ‘Green and blue infrastructure, such as attenuation features, becomes an attractive and accessible feature of the place and an ecological asset. ‘ mean?

What of the wildlife you are displacing – bats, foxes, badgers, plants, insects – will be allocated space in what is really an overspill estate for Oxford?

Local retail/amenities, Allotment, Schools, Local employment, Community space, Children’s playspace
Schools, Nursery, Healthcare, Allotment, Local retail/amenities
The development must be designed thoughtfully so as to not burden the existing community services in Eynsham. An additional secondary and primary school (or perhaps an expansion of the existing schools into different ‘sites’), is absolutely necessary. An additional supermarket – perhaps a community-owned co-operative in keeping with the ethos of a garden village – is also necessary as the current small co-op in the village would be far too small to meet the needs of the new larger Eynsham. In addition to a new co-op, perhaps a kind of ‘high street’ within the new development, but only for SMEs or local businesses. A community allotment would be a lovely thing to see too. 
We want Eynsham to have appropriate facilities and amenities.  What we don’t want is the new estate making enormous demands on our infrastructure while theirs is being built.  If this is a Garden Village it should be separate – no fudging.  It should be ENTIRELY SELF SUFFICIENT, from primary school, to health centre, to basic shops, to allotments, to meeting place, to church.  
The new Garden village should include both a primary and secondary school and not be in any way dependent on Eynsham in line with garden village principles. Unlike many other older residents I think the garden village should include a supermarket. Without one people will get in their cars and use the A40 to access one in either Witney or, Oxford or Kidlington. It seems crazy to have a settlement of this size and one small co-op which is already expensive and unable to cope to be expected to cater for 12,000 people. Some worry about the effect on the handful of independent business but seem to forget there will be another 7000 odd potential customers, many of which who will choose to use the current business and create new demand. I use a supermarket in Witney but also support the local shops by topping up a shop as I’m sure many others do and would if a new supermarket was included. 
The development must prioritise energy and water efficiency, be carbon neutral in design and build and offer the opportunity for large scale renewable energy use once completed.
Protection and restoration of wildlife habitats is crucial.
What about doctors surgeries ?  
Thames water can barely cope with demand as a result of the enormous increase in domestic housing in our area. viz Bicester Heyford Witney Hanboro etc. As a result we in Bladon now have diminished pressure and heavily chlorinated water supply. This development should not proceed until the Steventon Reservoir comes on stream. 
Thames water can barely cope with demand as a result of the enormous increase in domestic housing in our area. viz Bicester Heyford Witney Hanboro etc. As a result we in Bladon now have diminished pressure and heavily chlorinated water supply. This development should not proceed until the Steventon Reservoir comes on stream.  

Any new development in this area *must* be futureproofed.

Each house, whilst not necessarily requiring an EV charging point as standard, must be designed in such a way that allows the installation of EV charging technology easily.

In tandem, houses in this new development *must* be designed with tomorrow’s energy efficiency standards, and tomorrow’s smart grid, in mind. This could include PV panels on every roof, and electric heat pumps rather than polluting gas boilers. Alternatively, a larger solar farm attached to the development could lower costs. Other options include battery cell arrays in households that draw current when electricity is cheap and disperse it as demand dictates.

Whilst all of this hardware is not standard in every house across the UK today, all of the above mentioned technologies will unequivocally play a huge role in the UK’s energy grid evolution in the years to come. If you are serious about making this development sustainable, future-proof and low-carbon, you must embrace the inevitable changes to the way homes will draw power from the grid in future. You will gain support for this development if you are willing to embrace this. If you do not, and this ends up being just another couple hundred overpriced houses, this will represent a shameful opportunity wasted.

If we have to have this overspill estate make it as energy efficient as possible – that’s obvious.  Equip the residents on both sides of the A40 with breathing masks for the additional pollution from cars waiting to get into the city! Will the people who will live there necessarily also be working there in great numbers in the business/science park? If not there will be more cars along the A40 or going past or through Eynsham.  
Consideration also has to be given to the size of car parks at both Hanborough and Oxford Parkway.
Already these are close to capacity at peak times. Couple this with the houses being built / considered throughout the Hanborough area, New Yatt, Witney south / Cogges and any expansion is quickly overwhelmed.
People are prepared to use public methods of transport but only if it works.
Perhaps tie in the developers to a mid-term (with taper) contribution to specific public transport in the area? Providing a free (initially) shuttle bus to and from the stations could help, but if not enough people use it, it will die off. Hence the subsidy at the start to get it off the ground and into people‚Äôs lives. 
This is a great opportunity to prioritise walking, cycling and public transport over cars.
There must be investment in electric car charging points and car free areas.
Make maximum use of London (Oxford ) airport. Run a Maglev high speed shuttle alongside the Eynsham Bladon road and across Blenheim Park.
upgrade the A40 westward to full motorway standard from the Oxford to Cambridge express way interchange to Witney bypass.

The single biggest objection to this development you will face is from those concerned that the already-swamped A40 will become even more horrendous if this development goes ahead. I completely agree that unless this development comes bundled with a wholesale redesign of this section of the A40, and a genuine rethink of the options the people of Eynsham and this new development have for getting around, it will be nothing more than another shortsighted cash-generating ‘estate’ full of overpriced houses. We are all used to such developments, and they are springing up all around us.

It doesn’t have to be like that, though. The council’s proposals to add bus lanes in each direction on the a40 is encouraging and will improve journey times for bus connections. A new park and ride outside Eynsham to serve this new development is also encouraging. Whilst the latter will undoubtedly make a dent in reducing traffic load on the A40, it is not enough. At best, it will offset the additional traffic from the new development. It does nothing to solve the fact that the A40 is already gridlocked every day.

It is not enough to simply add more lanes (aside from bus lanes), as countless studies show that the number of lanes is directly proportional to the level of traffic: it will simply fill up just as much as before, because people will be more inclined to using the road if they hear it, for instance, is now a dual carriageway. However they then unwittingly become part of the problem and cause congestion.

It is then, absolutely necessitated that a solution is found before this development can go ahead. I don’t know for sure what this could entail. The council has already dismissed the idea of a tram route or a railway, instead embracing a park and ride outside Eynsham, but they are mistaken if they think this will deal with A40 gridlock alone. Perhaps they should look again at a rail-based option. There is an old track bed from Witney to Eynsham which could be utilised. If you connect this to the Cotswold line, you could significantly reduce load on the A40 by providing an alternative route into Oxford and beyond. Obviously this would push the lacklustre Oxford Station to near-maximum capacity by increasing rail traffic. But maybe this could further incentivise officials and justify giving Oxford Station the redevelopment it urgently needs with new platforms etc.

A real key part of this will be ensuring the new garden village becomes, and Eynsham remains, well connected by bus – this could also be thought about in a more expansive way, including Oxford Parkway and Hanborough to ensure wider connectivity and mean cars aren’t people’s first options. Proper, modern, and safe segregated cycle routes should also be a priority – it’s not an arduous or particularly long cycle to Oxford along the off-road A40 routes and work should go towards promoting cycling to north and central Oxford through education in infrastructure.
It seems to me that you are hoping that when an additional 5000 cars are in gridlock on the A40 that some miracle will occur to save the situation.  What are your plans for dealing with the influx?  How are you going to stop people driving into Eynsham and parking outside people’s houses – will Eynsham residents get to the situation where we won’t be able to use our cars for fear we won’t be able to park when we get back?  Parking in Eynsham is already very difficult.  Cycling is a lovely idea but people get to the edge of Oxford and then face the horrible, dangerous journey into the city.  And do you honestly think that people are going to WALK from the Garden Village into Eynsham with children in tow? 
The connectivity of the proposed garden with Oxford should be the main priority for the planners, especially as the development is supposed to meet Oxfords housing needs. The new park and ride should improve and not hinder exciting Eynsham residents bus commute to Oxford. The current S1 route is already very successful and should be improved not neglected in favor of a park and ride bus priory lane on the A40 which  bus stop will be placed to far from the exciting village center. The toll bridge bus priory lane has been quietly scrapped but this needs to be looked at again as the there is clearly demand for both bus routes  (S1 & S2) to be improved and run in tandem. I worry exciting residents easy access to regular reliable bus public transport will be restricted by the new park and ride, by taking demand away from already successful S1 route though deliberately improving S2 route over the S1 to oxford. I propose a shorter bus priority bus lane than the one last proposed along the Oxford road sports field to the roundabout towards the the toll bridge is looked at again and paid for by developer contributions. As a daily bus user I know this would reduce the commuting time by at least 10 minutes. This would Give people a real choice of which service to use rather than improving one over the other. Another option is the new park and ride bus route should consider running the last leg of the journey through the village of Eynsham so residents have the option to catch a bus to Oxford without a long walk to the A40 bus stop and the dangers of crossing the busy road.
The A40 is already very busy morning and evening.
Plans are to increase its size but this is an encouragement to bring more cars and may not solve the issue. Plus this will go against the new vision of Oxford and plan of green city (recent announcement).
Encouraging a train line to the West with innovative connection with garden village could provide better life style for people (no time wasted commuting) and an ecological signal (reduce pollution for now, future generation and help with wild life). 
Water management,Renewable energy,Waste minimisation,Social and economic sustainability ,Protecting habitats,Energy efficiency,Electric vehicle charging points,Sustainable materials
Water management
Water management
Renewable energy,Electric vehicle charging points,Energy efficiency
Protecting habitats,Water management,Renewable energy,Waste minimisation,Sustainable materials,Energy efficiency
Social and economic sustainability ,Sustainable materials
Parking spaces,Connectivity with wider area,Traffic flows,Public transport
Public transport,Connectivity with Eynsham,Cycling routes,Walking routes,Innovative transport solutions
Innovative transport solutions
Traffic flows,Connectivity with wider area
Traffic flows
Cycling routes,Public transport
Cycling routes
Walking routes,Innovative transport solutions
Public transport,Traffic flows
Public transport,Connectivity with wider area,Cycling routes,Traffic flows
High density,First time buyers,Affordable for buy,Affordable for rent,Contemporary design
Affordable for buy,Contemporary design
Traditional design,Affordable for rent,Contemporary design,Affordable for buy
Affordable for buy
Affordable for buy,Downsizers
First time buyers,Affordable for buy

The design should be high density and of a contemporary design.

There should be great opportunities for first time buyers and plenty of affordable properties to buy and rent and a good provision of social housing.

As a retiree my wishes are not really relevant
The single biggest concern that should be coursing through the veins of this garden village is affordable housing. The UK faces a housing backlog of nearly 4m homes. If this new development provides nothing more than overpriced homes, it will do nothing to solve the problem. Houses *must* be genuinely affordable or this will be another missed opportunity by another thoughtless developer.
Significant affordable housing should be the first priority of such a large development. But this also means thinking logically about the types of houses that are built. Many current developments locally are focussing on properties with 3-6 bedrooms, the new village should prioritise the 2 and 3 bedroom properties that are suitable to most families, downsizers and couples and in demand locally.
Affordable housing for families I imagine would be your main ‘unmet need’ for housing in Oxford – but I think you have to think very carefully about the possibility of ending up with a place that has very little entertainment for young people and only expensive access by bus into Witney and Oxford – this will mean you will get vandalism from those who want a bit more than ‘green spaces’ and cycle paths!  We certainly don’t want vandalism in Eynsham.