This project was the identification and assessment of a list of 36 plausible areas of search as strategic options for growth. The areas of search are high level areas for development consideration rather than precisely defined sites, with an agreed minimum threshold of 500 dwellings and a clear relationship to Oxford in terms of proximity and accessibility.
The project tested the 36 areas of search against a number of agreed criteria to assess their ‘relative’ sustainability at a strategic level. These criteria included a number of sustainability issues such as infrastructure, water supply, flooding etc. Importantly it ensured a common approach was taken to the expected housing density of the proposed options and also tested the suitability of the areas of search against the primary requirement of the Programme to meet the housing needs of Oxford City, for example by physical proximity or public transport links.