First chance to see housing plans as part of East Oxford Community Centre redevelopment

Published: Thursday, 20th February 2020

Oxford City Council is holding a community engagement event on the 25 February 4-7pm at East Oxford Community Centre to discuss new housing development proposals with residents and stakeholders.

New housing will be built on three sites at Princes Street, Collins Street and Catherine Street. The draft plans being shared for the first time are for a mix of one and two bedroom residential housing at Princes Street and Collins Street.

Community engagement

Residents and local community groups are invited to a drop-in event to view the first plans for new housing proposals. Representatives from the City Council and the architects will be at the event to answer questions and listen to feedback. Plans for the Catherine Street site will come forward for consultation later this year.

As well as viewing the housing plans, this will be an opportunity to see the final versions of the plans for the redevelopment of the community centre. These have been developed over a number of years and recently updated in response to feedback from a number of engagement events, with the most recent being earlier this month. This feedback has helped shape the community centre redevelopment plans which are now being finalised and will be submitted for planning permission in March this year.

The plan for the centre will provide additional community facilities at the Princes Street site for a number of groups, currently spread across four different sites. The redeveloped centre will provide modern, accessible facilities that reflect the needs of the vibrant and diverse community of East Oxford.

“New housing is much needed in East Oxford, and this is an integral part of enabling the redevelopment of the community centre. We are committed to providing a mix of housing that meets local need, with an aspiration to meet the latest low-carbon standards.

“This really is an exciting and significant stage in the project’s development. The project’s development has benefitted from the thoughtful input of local residents, community groups and the centre’s tenants. I know their insight and input will benefit the housing plans too. The redeveloped community centre and housing will be an important part of East Oxford for generations to come, that’s why I hope we hear from a broad range of views, and as many people as possible attend the event on the 25th of February.

“Please come along, get involved and have your say.”

Councillor Marie Tidball, Cabinet Member for Supporting Local Communities

“This is a really important development in East Oxford. Oxford needs new housing that is within the reach of ordinary people who live and work here, and these developments will help us deliver just that.”

Councillor Mike Rowley, Cabinet Member for Affordable Housing