Housing overview and project timeline for development at Westlands Drive
Social, sustainable housing
The proposed 16-unit development will be made up entirely of homes let at social rent and for shared ownership in a variety of sizes and types suited for different occupancies. A vast majority of the homes will be 2 bedrooms and above, with a focus on providing homes for families.
Social rent is calculated with reference to the size and value of a home and average regional incomes. In Oxford, social rent is typically around 40% of equivalent private rents. Shared ownership gives people the opportunity to get a foot on the property ladder by buying a stake in their homes that they would not otherwise be able to afford.
This proposal goes significantly beyond the council’s requirement for 40% of homes in development sites of more than 10 homes to be for social rent and 10% to be for other affordable tenures like shared ownership.
1 no. accessible unit will be provided from the outset, with another 2 which can be easily adaptable into wheelchair accessible flats in the future. A lift will provide level access to all flats, which all have private amenity spaces.
The proposal targets a reduction of carbon emissions by 70% when compared with 2013 Building Regulations requirements. This involves reducing reliance on fossil fuels, limiting heat loss in the winter and lowering the subsequent need to heat the space, and paying attention to overheating, which will become more of a problem in the changing climate in years to come. OCC are monitoring building quality through an in-house quality checking process.
Potential ways of implementing sustainable energy solutions include:
- High levels of insulation
- Renewable energy
- Photovoltaic panels
- Air source heat pumps
- Electric (as opposed to gas) heating
- Provision for cross-ventilation of each home
- Appropriately-sized windows balancing natural light, ventilation and overheating
Project Timeline (dates subject to change)
- August to September 2021 - Public Consultation
- September 2021 - Incorporate comments from public consultation
- October 2021 - Submit planning application
- August 2022 - Start on site
- August 2023 - Estimated completion