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Homes and employment space approved in Oxford

Words: Laura Edgar
Oxford North / Thomas White Oxford

Oxford City Council’s West Area planning committee has approved plans to deliver 480 homes and create 4,500 new jobs.

Thomas White Oxford, the development company of St John’s College, came up with the plans for Oxford North, which is located on land adjacent  to the A40 A34 and Wolvercote roundabout.

The outline application comprises:

  • Up to 87,300 square metres of employment space.
  • Up to 480 houses, of which 168 have been designated as affordable.
  • 550 square metres of community space.
  • Up to 25,00 square metres of A1, A2, A3, A4 and A5 floor space.
  • A hotel with up to 180 bedrooms.
  • Installation of an energy sharing loop.
  • Main vehicle access points from the A40 and A44.
  • A link road between A40 and A44 through the site.  
  • Car and cycle parking.
  • Open space and landscaping.

A full planning application for part of phase 1A was approved at the same meeting. It includes 15,850 square metres of employment space, installation of an energy sharing loop and access junctions from the A40 and A44.

The planning officer recommended the applications for approval subject to the completion of a section 106 legal agreement.

Thomas White Oxford said it is providing up to £100 million of investment into power, utilities, and public space, in addition to the infrastructure improvements to the A40 and A44 alongside public funding support.

Savills, Fletcher Priest Architects, Gardiner & Theobald LLP, Peter Brett Associates, Townshend Landscape Architects, Hoare Lea, EDP, AKT II, and BSG Ecology acted on behalf of Thomas White Oxford.

Image credit | Thomas White Oxford