Investing in Botley Road

Sustainable research and innovation employment and landscape improvements

Mission Street is bringing forward plans to redevelop the DFS and Carpetright site on Botley Road to deliver a new research and development hub, substantial green landscape and connectivity improvements, and a publicly accessible café.

We submitted our planning application to Oxford City Council on 22 December 2022.

Following over a year of pre-application engagement with Oxford City Council, the proposals went out to public consultation in the summer. Mission Street then carried out a design review to make changes to respond to the extensive community feedback. The resulting proposals as submitted to the council represent a significantly improved scheme, with broader benefits for Oxford.

Further revisions were also made to the design in November 2023 to remove height from the eastern side of the development and address overlooking concerns.

Details of the submitted proposals can be found throughout this website under the ‘Our proposals’ tab, but a summary of the key changes to the scheme following consultation is as follows:

  • Removing a storey from the eastern elevation, and further setting back the plant screens
  • Reducing flue and enclosure heights across the scheme to improve long distance views
  • Changing the articulation of the structure to improve the visual appearance of the exterior
  • Refining the colour and materiality of the scheme to soften its impact on its surrounding environment
  • In response to overlooking concerns, reducing the glazing to the north and east elevations, and the eastern terrace will no longer be publicly accessible
  • Adding more glazing at ground level to create a more welcoming environment and put the ‘science on show’
  • Reducing car parking on site further, down to 74 spaces from the existing 158. 25 per cent of the spaces will have EV charging
  • Phasing in car-club spaces for use by the community
  • Increasing the number of trees and planting substantially. The site will achieve a biodiversity net gain for habitat of 119 per cent and for hedgerows of 234 per cent
  • Making a commitment to be Oxford’s first Living Wage Building
  • Introducing a Employment Plan and Education Plan to facilitate integration into Oxford and Vale of White Horse employment and education services
  • Committing to work with schools, colleges and other stakeholder groups to inspire and encourage interaction with STEM activity within the building
  • Adding acoustic pods and meeting areas for the café and publicly accessible areas of the building to help people not employed on the site access flexible working spaces

Key documents & downloads

Click here to download documents and information:

  • Consultation Flyer
  • Consultation banners
  • Presentation slides showing revised proposals December 2022

Contact us

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