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COMMENT: Plan will bring many benefits
11:00am Thursday 14th June 2012 in News
OXFORD University’s desire to create a new science park in Headington will bring many benefits.
The institution’s importance as a local employer should not be underestimated and this new development, which could eventually accommodate 3,000 workers, will create jobs across the board.
The university must evolve to maintain to its global reputation and the Park Hospital plan is designed to keep Oxford at the forefront of medical research.
If it maintains that status the city will doubtless benefit, but the scale of this proposal raises questions that must be answered.
The current building work on the neighbouring Old Road campus has been noticeably swift and residents are right to ask what will be done to ease congestion if hundreds more workers start using the site.
The university is well aware of the concerns of locals and it will have its work cut out to show how it plans to funnel traffic through an already congested part of the city.