Statement regarding Oxford North:
In 2015, Oxford City Council approved an Area Action Plan which sets the principle of development in the Oxford North area, formerly called the Northern Gateway. This recognised that it is a strategic site identified in the Local Plan for the development of employment space and housing, including affordable housing.
The main landowner, Thomas White Oxford (TWO), brought forward proposals for a mixed development and in December 2019 Oxford City Council’s Planning Applications Committee made a resolution to grant planning permission. This was subject to a review mechanism that would enable the minimum 35% affordable housing (the equivalent of 168 homes, of which 80% will be for social rent, and 20% for shared ownership) to be increased to up to 50% affordable housing if the economics of the project justify this. It was also subject to determining an appropriate level of developer contributions to mitigate the impact of the development on the local community and infrastructure – known as a Section 106 agreement.
Oxford City Council is now in the final stages of settling the Section 106 agreement with Thomas White Oxford, which we hope to conclude in the coming weeks. This will then allow the Council to grant planning permission for the scheme.