Public consultation is open on Oxford City Council’s plans to build new affordable homes in Northway.
The council’s housing company Oxford City Housing Ltd (OCHL) intends to build a stepped block of 16 flats, maisonettes and townhouses in Westlands Drive. This will feature a mix of homes from one to four bedrooms.
All 16 homes will be let at social rent or sold on a shared ownership basis.
One of the flats will be fully accessible and another two easily adaptable for people using wheelchairs. A lift will provide level access to all flats.
The development is aiming for carbon emissions 70% below current building regulations by using high level airtight insulation and renewable energy sources.
The proposed development would see the closure of Elizabeth Place as a through road. Access to existing garages on Elizabeth Place will be retained. There will be a limited number of wheelchair accessible car parking spaces and cycle storage will be provided.
Consultation questionnaires have been posted directly to local residents and businesses.
People who want to take part can also find information and complete the questionnaire on the council’s Citizen Space consultation portal.
The project team is holding a Zoom Q&A session on Thursday 26 August between 6:30pm and 8pm. People who are interested in attending this session need to register in advance.
The consultation runs until Friday 10 September.
OCHL expects to submit a planning application this autumn. If planning permission is granted, construction could begin onsite in summer 2022.
“We’ve opened public consultation on our plans to build 16 new affordable low carbon homes in Westlands Drive. Oxford needs homes, so please take part in our consultation and help us make sure we build the right homes for our city’s future.”
Councillor Alex Hollingsworth, cabinet member for planning and housing delivery