Two buildings proposed for Old Road Campus site

The University of Oxford has sent out the following letter to residents:

You will recall previous consultation exercises relating to developments being undertaken at the Old Road Campus site. The University is now looking to submit an application for the provision of two small specialist waste storage facilities at the site. The application will also propose improved ground works and landscaping. 

The two buildings will comprise a total of 40 square metres and will be located to the north of the Henry Wellcome Centre on the northern part of the Campus. The buildings will sit immediately adjacent to the side of the Henry Wellcome Centre and will be constructed of profiled metal in a grey colour to tie in with the adjacent buildings. Landscaping will sit to the east of the buildings and minor ground works are required to provide a level surface for the siting of the building and to enable level access.

The proposed buildings will replace the existing facility on site and provide an improved waste storage facility for the users. The facility will be used to store packaging waste associated with materials used within the buildings on site and will be emptied by specialist waste contractors who are appropriately licensed. 

Surface water drainage from the building will be dealt with by the existing road network drainage and the sealed nature of the building will ensure that no waste water will enter the surface water drainage system.

This letter is to inform you of the application submission and to invite you to view the plans for the proposed development on Oxford City Council’s website. Once the application is registered there will be a consultation period of 21 days during which you will have the opportunity to submit any comments to the Council.

Should you have any questions in the meantime, you can contact us via public.consultation@admin.ox.ac.uk.

Old Road Campus – extension to temporary buildings consent

Here is a copy of a letter that has been sent to residents in Old Road by the University of Oxford explaining its reasons for asking to retain temporary consent till 2018 or later

Dear Neighbour,

You may be aware that the University has previously obtained temporary planning permission for a number of buildings on the north eastern part of the Old Road Campus site, including a pre-fabricated building, a 3 storey research building, catering building, security hut and ancillary development which includes an electricity substation, footpaths, bicycle parking, CCTV poles/cameras and lighting.

This development was approved under planning consent 14/01494/FUL and was required as enabling work to allow the implementation of the first phases of development for the wider Old Road Campus site as approved under outline planning consent 12/02072/OUT.

The development was required to provide temporary accommodation for staff and services which had to vacate buildings that were demolished to allow construction of the Big Data Institute (BDI) Building. The existing permission granted temporary planning permission for these buildings for a period of 3 years from the date of the permission or until occupation of the BDI Building at which point the buildings should be removed. The BDI Building is due to be occupied in January 2017, however, the temporary buildings currently contain uses that will be relocated into the approved Amenities and Bioescalator Building (approved under reference 15/00996/RES) and not the BDI Building.

The University is therefore submitting an application for the retention of the previously consented temporary works for further periods of time while the Amenities and Bioescalator Building is being constructed which is due to be completed in July 2018. This will not involve any changes to the buildings already on site.

The application will seek consent that the temporary buildings and ancillary works including substation and switch gear will be retained for a temporary period of three years or occupation of the Amenities and Bioescalator Building, whichever is the sooner.

There is also a temporary footpath to the north of the site, which provides safe access to and from the car park for the nursery which operates within the adjacent ‘Triangle Building’ on the Campus. The nursery use has a temporary consent (reference:14/03540/FUL) for a period up to 21 May 2020 and as such, the application will also seek to retain the footpath connecting the nursery and car park until 21 May 2020 to tie in with the temporary nursery consent, beyond the occupation of the Amenities Building.

At the end of the relevant periods the buildings, ancillary development and path will be removed within a period of three months of the uses having relocated. The land will be grassed over once the buildings are taken down.

This letter has been sent to inform you that an application for the temporary retention of the buildings is due to be submitted to Oxford City Council in the near future. There will be an opportunity for you to submit feedback on the planning application via Oxford City Council’s website at http://public.oxford.gov.uk/online-applications/ upon submission of the application. If you have any queries regarding this proposal in the meantime please contact public.consultation@admin.ox.ac.uk.

Plans for the Triangle building at the University Campus in Old Road

The University’s plans for the Triangle building at the Old Road campus have been published here.

14/03540/FUL | Change of use of building from administrative office and teaching accommodation to children’s nursery for a temporary period of up to 5 years, together with external alterations including provision of new external doors, external stairs and canopies. Surfacing of garden area to provide play area, and use of land and surfacing to provide 6 drop off bays and 9 car parking spaces. Provision of pram/buggy store. | The Triangle University Of Oxford Old Road Campus Roosevelt Drive Oxford Oxfordshire OX3 7XP

The transport statement is causing concern locally, and Ruth has asked for the application to be called in to East Area Planning Committee for deliberation. The closing date for comments is 25th January 2015.

Timetable for 1st phase development of Old Road/Park Hospital Campus

Ruth met a number of local residents and University employees at last Friday’s public consultation meeting. Here is the proposed timescale for development that was advertised at that event:

9-10 May 2014

Public consultation on detailed design of BDI building, and initial proposals for Amenities building

End of May 2014

Submit reserved matters application for BDI building

June 2014

Public consultation on Amenities building

June-September 2014

Council consideration of BDI building application and consultation period for comments from the public

July 2014

Submit reserved matters application for Amenities building application

July-October 2014

Council consideration of Amenities building application and consultation period for comments from the public

October 2014

BDI building: start on site

January 2015

Amenities building: start on site