Work starts on new social housing in Rose Hill

Published: Wednesday, 18th September 2019

Oxford City Council has started work on 43 new genuinely affordable homes on two sites in Rose Hill.

The council is building 25 shared ownership flats on Desborough Crescent where the community centre used to be and 18 flats for social rent on Ashhurst Way on the site of the old scout hut and advice centre.

Each development will consist of two blocks with a mix of one and two bedroom flats. The flats will all be built to Lifetime Homes standard.

As all 43 flats will be available at social rent or for low cost home ownership, the council has exceeded its own requirement that half of homes on new developments should be genuinely affordable.

Initial work on the Desborough Crescent site before foundations can be laid includes temporary road surfacing, altering kerbs and diverting existing sewer pipes. Work at Ashhurst Way will begin on 14 October and will start with the demolition of the old scout hut and advice centre.

Feltham Construction is developing both sites and will operate within the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

Flats at Desborough Crescent are due for completion in early 2021. The council will own and manage the homes at both sites.

People with an interest in both the homes at social rent and shared ownership will need to be on the council’s housing register. Anyone interested in shared ownership will also need to register with Help to Buy South and ask to be included on the council’s shared ownership list.

“The 43 social housing flats we’re now building in Rose Hill are part of our ambition to deliver more genuinely affordable housing – whether this is low cost home ownership or homes for social rent. I’m really pleased that work has now started on the site of the old community centre and will start soon in Ashhurst Way because what Oxford really needs is more genuinely affordable housing.”

Councillor Mike Rowley, cabinet member for affordable housing