Plans for redevelopment of Banbury Oil Depot into 143 apartments submitted to Cherwell District Council

The Motor Fuel Group Ltd. has filed a planning application with Cherwell District Council for the redevelopment of the Banbury Oil Depot in Tramway Road, Banbury.

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 6:20 pm
Drawing of plans for the redevelopment of the Banbury Oil Depot into 143 apartments (Image from the planning application submitted to Cherwell District Council)

The application includes the demolition of buildings and other structures associated with oil depot use and the construction of up 143 apartments, up 166m2 of community and or retail and or commercial space.

The planning statement says: "Banbury Oil Depot is an important Brownfield site within the allocation that will play a significant role in the regeneration of Canalside and assist in achieving the council’s vision for the wider Banbury town centre."

The development looks to bring to 143 apartments with a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments.

Illustration of the buildings (in red) due to be demolished in the redevelopment proposal for the Banbury Oil Depot (Image from the planning application submitted to Cherwell District Council)

The planning statement added: "The developable area of the site is located to the east of the River Cherwell, with five four-storey apartment blocks located adjacent to the Tramway Road.

"Building heights will increase to six-storeys at key nodes to revitalise the sense of place, creating a gateway building to the station and town centre approaches."

The development also includes up to 98 car parking spaces. The plans say there will be a mix of under croft and surface car parking, together with cycle stands.

The planning application contends there are several benefits to the proposed development, which includes how it delivers new housing to the town centre meeting an identified housing need in Banbury.

The application also called the development fundamental in delivering on the council's aspirations for the Canalside regeneration area. It called the site an important gateway location to the approach to Banbury town centre and the railway station.

The application also said it will make efficient use of an unattractive Brownfield site. The applicant also claims the development will significantly improve the character of the

surrounding area.

The application also said: "The proposed development will have a notably positive impact in this area of the town, providing the opportunity to comprehensively redevelop an important underutilised Brownfield site and deliver a high-quality landmark development."

The oil storage and distribution use are anticipated to cease in 2022, when the land will become available for other uses.

People can make comments on the application online through the Cherwell District Council website here: People can submit comments online until May 14.