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Oxford University Development to join our 'Science Cities' forum in June



Image: Tom Clarke, Planning Director for Oxford University Development, courtesy of OUD.


Future Cities Forum is delighted that Tom Clarke, Planning Director, for Oxford University Development, is joining our June 'Science Cities' discussion event at Jesus College, Oxford.


Oxford University Development (OUD), a joint venture between Oxford University and Legal & General set up to build Innovation Districts and subsidised accommodation for graduate students and the university workforce. Tom is responsible for securing planning permissions across OUD’s mixed portfolio.


Tom was previously Planning Director at the Wellcome Trust in London, where he led the team to secure consent for a significant expansion of the Wellcome Genome Campus, south of Cambridge. The planning permission included over 1.5m sq.ft of flexible R&D floorspace and 1500 homes for campus employees.


Before joining Wellcome, Tom held in-house town planner roles at Capco and LandSec as well as working as a planning consultant at Cushman & Wakefield. Early in his career he worked in locations as diverse as the Lake District and New York City.


OUD is working in close partnership with Oxford City Council, Cherwell District Council and Oxfordshire County Council, other local authorities and local stakeholders. OUD has three consented projects which are under construction, investing c. £300m.


These focus on:


Space for research and growing businesses – Begbroke Science Park Phase 1

Homes for graduate students – Court Place Gardens

Leading research – Life and Mind Building


A fourth current project is Begbroke Innovation District where OUD is consulting Cherwell District Council, Oxfordshire County Council, Oxford City Council and a wide range of stakeholders on the emerging ideas for this 190 hectare site, five miles north of Oxford town centre between Yarnton and Woodstock.


OUD has three other major projects in the pipeline. Subject to planning permission these are the two acre Ewert House site, the 44 acre Osney Mead industrial estate and the two acre Wellington Square site.


As each project moves forward, OUD will seek to engage with local stakeholders, residents, businesses and the relevant authorities.



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