Other technical considerations

Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS)

Surface water runoff generated by the development will be managed by Sustainable Drainage Systems including permeable paving and an attenuation basin prior to infiltrating to the ground. The basin will provide aesthetic and biodiversity benefits, while both the permeable paving and basin will provide water quality treatment benefits.

The development proposals demonstrate that surface water would be managed and flood risk would not be increased in any areas upstream or downstream of the site.

Foul water flows will drain to a foul pumping station, prior to being pumped to the existing Thames Water public foul sewer along Greys Road, to the east of the entrance of the site.


The site is relatively flat; no major earthworks involving significant level changes are therefore envisaged. All works will be close to existing ground levels.

Heritage & Archaeology

The site layout has been specifically designed to enhance the appearance and understanding of the Highlands Farm Scheduled Monument and Site of Special Scientific Interest. Signage and trails established at Highlands Park Phase 1 will be extended to link into Highlands Park Phase 2. Special consideration has also been given to the various Grade II listed buildings nearby including The Old Rectory, Hunts Farm Cottage and adjoining barns. The development will be preceded by appropriate archaeological investigations which will be reported on as a benefit to the wider community.

Construction Management

Subject to securing the necessary planning permissions and in advance of any construction works taking place, a Construction Management Plan (CMP) will be developed in coordination with South Oxfordshire District Council. The CMP will include detailed information on areas such as construction vehicle movements and site working hours.

Sustainability & Climate Change

Sustainability and the goal of carbon neutrality have heavily factored into our proposals for the site. Crest’s vision is to create a highly sustainable and environmentally conscious development that will help the Council achieve its goal of carbon neutrality by 2030. Our proposals will include:

  • Electric vehicle charging points
  • Solar panels
  • Tree planting
  • On-site commercial and leisure spaces promoting self-sustainability
  • Contributions towards improving the bus service
  • Improved pedestrian / cycle links
  • Biodiversity net gain and interconnected wildlife corridors
  • Car club provision


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