Decision details

Decision details

Oxpens River Bridge preferred location

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Cabinet, on 16 March 2022, resolved to delegate to the Executive Director (Development) in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing Delivery, the decision on the preferred option for the bridge for consultation, and then the submission of a planning application if deemed appropriate.  The Cabinet report and minutes can be found at: Agenda for Cabinet on Wednesday 16 March 2022, 6.00 pm | Oxford City Council .

The Executive Director for Communities and People has subsequently been authorised to exercise this delegation due to a potential for conflict with the Executive Director for Development’s role on the OXWED board.


The decision is to agree the preferred option 3 to take forward into detailed design from the RIBA stage 2 report produced by Knight architects.

Reasons for the decision:

The option was selected from five options, all of which were scrutinised in the report, as the alternative that best meets the key design principles regarding the bridge alignment.  The preferred option will be taken forward to consultation and then the submission of a planning application if deemed appropriate.

Alternative options considered:

Following RIBA 2 study of options, option 3 was chosen because:

·         It is the most economic and provides best value.

·         It is the most direct route to the City centre

·         It can use land in Oxford City Council control, so carries less risk.

·         It has greater certainty on the timing of delivery.

Signed off by senior officers:

Decision taken by Stephen Gabriel, Executive Director (Communities and People) in consultation with Councillor Alex Hollingsworth, Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing Delivery.

Publication date: 17/05/2022

Date of decision: 09/05/2022

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