In Progress | Strategic Land

Site and context
Harrington is a large site, adjacent to Junction 7 of the M40, comprising 500 hectares (1,260 acres) of land capable of providing a new planned community, with all the facilities required for a population of over 15,000 people. An important piece of the jigsaw within the Oxford-Cambridge Arc, which has an ambition to become a world-leading economic area, it is the next logical location for newly planned development strategically located between Oxford and London.

Working with our partner Pye Homes (Blenheim), our vision for a new settlement at Harrington has been created by the UK’s best masterplanners, architects, sustainability and zero-carbon experts, transport consultants and social impact thought leaders. Rooted in historical context yet designed for the future, every aspect of the planning and design responds to the biggest issue facing us all: the future of our planet. With a response to climate change in its DNA, Harrington will enable residents to lead meaningful ‘one-planet’ lives. It will play a critical role in driving the regional and national economy forwards by acting as a natural home for innovation within the Oxford-Cambridge Arc.

A webinar held on 15 June 2021 titled The Voice of Authority: What new settlements can deliver for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc includes a discussion of the project with panel members Lord Matthew Taylor (author of the Garden Communities policies adopted by government and chair of West Carclaze Eco-Community in Cornwall), Hannah Smart (Edge Urban Design and LDN Collective) and Bev Hindle (Executive Director, Oxford Cambridge Arc Leadership Group).

Please also visit our dedicated website Harrington New Settlement for further details of our proposals.

Current status
Being promoted through the Oxfordshire 2050 Plan consultation process.