How do Oxford United’s proposals for the land known as ‘the Triangle’ impact the communities of Oxfordshire?

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Consultation has concluded

This survey offers you the opportunity to give your views on the response of Oxford United Football Club (OUFC) to the seven key strategic priorities set out by the council for the use of the land known as 'the Triangle'. We are also holding a small number of drop-in public exhibitions to support this survey.

The responses to this exercise will be independently reviewed and reported on. This may lead the council to seek further information from OUFC before officers prepare a report for the council's cabinet.

Introduction

Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford United Football Club are in negotiations on the terms on which council-owned land could be used for the development of a new stadium for the club. The land, known as ‘the Triangle’, is located east of Frieze Way and south of the Kidlington roundabout.

To receive agreement from the council, the club’s proposal must bring benefit to communities in Oxfordshire and specifically address the following seven key strategic priorities set out by the council for the use of the land:

  1. maintaining a green barrier between Oxford and Kidlington and protecting and enhancing the surrounding environment including biodiversity, connecting habitats, and supporting nature recovery
  2. improving public access to high quality nature and green spaces
  3. enhancing inclusive facilities for local sports groups and ongoing financial support
  4. significantly improving the infrastructure connectivity in this location, improving public transport to reduce the need for car travel as far as possible, and to improve sustainable transport through increased walking, cycling and rail use
  5. developing local employment opportunities in Oxfordshire
  6. increasing education and innovation through the provision of an accessible sports centre of excellence and facilities linked to elite sport, community sport, health and wellbeing
  7. supporting the council’s net zero carbon emissions pledge through highly sustainable development.


The proposal must also meet objectives around mitigating long-term financial risk to the council and obtaining best value for the taxpayer from any transaction.

A decision about whether OUFC can acquire the land at the Triangle will be taken in public by the council’s cabinet at its meeting on 19 September.

The lease or sale of the land would only go ahead if the club received planning permission for the proposed stadium from Cherwell District Council as the local planning authority. This would be a full planning process involving public consultation.


Have your say

OUFC has shared with the council the information it believes addresses the seven strategic priorities.

The information provided by OUFC includes:

  • A summary document, which provides an overview of the club’s response to the council’s strategic priorities, can be found in the documents section of this webpage. We strongly recommend that you read this document before answering the survey.
  • A range of more detailed information from the club, which is available on OUFC’s stadium website

The council is now inviting people to share their views on OUFC’s response.

  • Please fill in our online survey to give your views, it should take around 15 minutes to complete.
  • If you need to pause while filling out the survey, you can save the answers you have given and return later to complete your response.
  • The survey is open until 11.59 pm on 23 July 2023.
  • This survey is being hosted by Westco Communications who is working on behalf of the council.
  • We have provided answers to some frequently asked questions which you will find on this page.


Discussions between the council and the club are ongoing and will continue over the coming months. If the club updates its response while the survey is running, then this information will be made available on this webpage with clear signposting.


Please click here to complete the survey.

This survey offers you the opportunity to give your views on the response of Oxford United Football Club (OUFC) to the seven key strategic priorities set out by the council for the use of the land known as 'the Triangle'. We are also holding a small number of drop-in public exhibitions to support this survey.

The responses to this exercise will be independently reviewed and reported on. This may lead the council to seek further information from OUFC before officers prepare a report for the council's cabinet.

Introduction

Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford United Football Club are in negotiations on the terms on which council-owned land could be used for the development of a new stadium for the club. The land, known as ‘the Triangle’, is located east of Frieze Way and south of the Kidlington roundabout.

To receive agreement from the council, the club’s proposal must bring benefit to communities in Oxfordshire and specifically address the following seven key strategic priorities set out by the council for the use of the land:

  1. maintaining a green barrier between Oxford and Kidlington and protecting and enhancing the surrounding environment including biodiversity, connecting habitats, and supporting nature recovery
  2. improving public access to high quality nature and green spaces
  3. enhancing inclusive facilities for local sports groups and ongoing financial support
  4. significantly improving the infrastructure connectivity in this location, improving public transport to reduce the need for car travel as far as possible, and to improve sustainable transport through increased walking, cycling and rail use
  5. developing local employment opportunities in Oxfordshire
  6. increasing education and innovation through the provision of an accessible sports centre of excellence and facilities linked to elite sport, community sport, health and wellbeing
  7. supporting the council’s net zero carbon emissions pledge through highly sustainable development.


The proposal must also meet objectives around mitigating long-term financial risk to the council and obtaining best value for the taxpayer from any transaction.

A decision about whether OUFC can acquire the land at the Triangle will be taken in public by the council’s cabinet at its meeting on 19 September.

The lease or sale of the land would only go ahead if the club received planning permission for the proposed stadium from Cherwell District Council as the local planning authority. This would be a full planning process involving public consultation.


Have your say

OUFC has shared with the council the information it believes addresses the seven strategic priorities.

The information provided by OUFC includes:

  • A summary document, which provides an overview of the club’s response to the council’s strategic priorities, can be found in the documents section of this webpage. We strongly recommend that you read this document before answering the survey.
  • A range of more detailed information from the club, which is available on OUFC’s stadium website

The council is now inviting people to share their views on OUFC’s response.

  • Please fill in our online survey to give your views, it should take around 15 minutes to complete.
  • If you need to pause while filling out the survey, you can save the answers you have given and return later to complete your response.
  • The survey is open until 11.59 pm on 23 July 2023.
  • This survey is being hosted by Westco Communications who is working on behalf of the council.
  • We have provided answers to some frequently asked questions which you will find on this page.


Discussions between the council and the club are ongoing and will continue over the coming months. If the club updates its response while the survey is running, then this information will be made available on this webpage with clear signposting.


Please click here to complete the survey.