Draft Concept Plan
The South Oxford Science Village is located on the edge of the existing urban area, which enables it to support facilities already available, and to share new facilities with existing residents. As the location is close to existing employment and leisure uses, trips by car will be fewer than would be generated by a development located by a more isolated village, or a new development in the countryside where the range of facilities would be much smaller.
Because the South Oxford Science Village would be close to a wide range of employment, leisure, shops and services, many journeys would be made on foot (or by bicycle). Coupled with the existing bus routes serving the whole city, this would greatly reduce the amount of new vehicle traffic from the development. A similar proposal based further from the urban area, even if only 5 miles away, would mean that most journeys would likely be made by car.
The Ozone Leisure Park, a short walk from the northern boundary, accommodates the Vue Cinema, bowling alley, restaurants and cafes. Greater Leys local centre is nearby, as is the Blackbird Leys Centre which includes a number of shops and local services as well as a new leisure centre with a 25m swimming pool. The Oxford Academy is also within walking distance. Oxford Business Park, the BMW plant and Unipart, all providing extensive employment areas, are all within cycling distance, as is the Oxford Retail Park which includes a Tesco Superstore.
Oxfordshire County Council has indicated that they would like to provide a new park and ride on the A4074 on the edge of the city of Oxford. The proposals would deliver such a park and ride, which would assist further in reducing car journey distances and in reducing traffic congestion.