Police object to Oxford United stadium plans due to ‘insufficient’ details

The force said it “must object” as it is “unable to fully assess” the proposals for a new stadium at land known as the Triangle in Kidlington due to “insufficient” information within the application.

The Oxford Mail can reveal the objection highlighted a lack of information on a number of issues including highways and road safety, cycle parking, counter-terrorism, football policing and operations, landscaping, lighting and CCTV.

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In its response to the stadium plans, Thames Valley Police maintained the proposals must facilitate the safe movement of large volumes of people to and from the stadium.

Designing out crime officer, Kevin Cox said: “Prior to permission being granted, specific details need to be provided indicating how the safe movement of people will be achieved, and the impact this will have on the surrounding area and road network.

“I understand a number of options are currently being explored, and ask that data is provided covering all possible eventualities, including the possibility of road closures on the Oxford Road.”

The force has asked for a traffic management plan that includes details on parking for fans and staff on matchdays.

Police are also requesting more details on road closures, safe operations of the Oxford Parkway train station, park and ride, and bus routes during events.

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It also should include details on emergency vehicle access as well as match day controlled parking zones (CPZs) as well as prevention of unauthorised parking in the area, the force added.

In the event of any road closure, Thames Valley Police said that diversionary routes must not become “unacceptably” impacted.

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Modelling should be completed for both weekday and weekend fixtures, police said.

Officers are requesting data includes the application site, and surrounding network including the Peartree Interchange and A34, Wolvercote Roundabout, Cutteslowe Roundabout, Loop Farm roundabout, the A4260 and Bicester Road.

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The force added that a “hostile vehicle mitigation plan” must be submitted for matchdays describing it as being of “fundamental importance” for the development.

Pedestrian and transport modelling also needs to be provided, say the police, to demonstrate the safe flow of movements for events such as high-risk fixtures with segregation in place and emergency evacuation of the stadium at full capacity.

The force also said that plans must be provided for cycle storage that is required including onsite storage and any facility to be provided at Parkway Station.

Detailed landscaping, lighting and CCTV plans are not available either, the force’s objection continued with further consultation with Thames Valley Police requested by the club on this issue.

The force said that the club must provide all the requested information prior to support being given, adding permission should not be granted by Cherwell District Council until this is done.

Jonathon Clarke, property director at Oxford United said: “We welcome the feedback and will be working on the details to ensure Thames Valley Police has the additional information it needs. 

“This is a collaborative process and each element outlined will be addressed comprehensively in the detailed plans which we are confident will gain support.  

“Overall, our plans will deliver a world-class venue that is sustainable, safe and delivers vast benefits to the Oxfordshire community and economy.”

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