29 August 2018

Planning application submitted for Swift Tower

The RSPB has applied for planning permission for the proposed Swift Tower in the University Parks – a project the University has been closely involved with through teams including University Parks and Environmental Sustainability.

Winning Swift Tower design, by Jonathan Wheeler

Last year a member of the public, Jonathan Wheeler from Lower Radley, won a competition to design the tower, which will provide much-needed nesting sites for this beloved but badly threatened species.

The tower is part of the RSPB’s two-year Oxford Swift City project, which aims to make Oxford a more welcoming place for the iconic migratory birds. The University is a key partner in the project, working alongside other institutions such as local wildlife groups and the City and County Councils.

The documents associated with the application, including feedback from local residents, can be seen at the City Council’s planning website.