Work starts to build new homes in Elsfield Way

Published: Friday, 18th September 2020

Work will start next week on a new development of 26 flats that will include six homes for social rent and three shared ownership homes.

The Oxford City Council project will see the construction of a three-storey block made up of nine one-bedroom flats and 17 two-bedroom flats. This will feature a shared courtyard area and solar panels on the roof.

All 26 flats will have secure cycle storage and a balcony or outside terrace. Two flats will be adaptable for wheelchair users.

Initial work will involve resurfacing the existing car park and creating an entrance to the development from Harefields. Ground work is expected to start in January and the flats will be completed during the summer of 2022.

The project will be developed by the council’s housing company, Oxford City Housing Ltd. Feltham Construction Ltd will carry out the building of the flats.

The Elsfield Way development is twinned with another project in Cumberlege Close, where the council has already started work on nine new homes for social rent. Eighteen of the 35 new homes on these developments will be for social rent or shared ownership. This means that half of all homes will be affordable – in line with the council’s requirements for new developments.

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

“Oxford needs new homes and it’s great news that work is starting on this project next week. We’ll be providing 15 homes for social rent and three shared ownership homes on this development and in Cumberlege Close. These will provide genuinely affordable housing for people on our waiting list.”

Councillor Alex Hollingsworth, cabinet member for planning and housing delivery