Published: Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Oxford City Housing Ltd (OCHL) has appointed Hill as its development partner for the construction of new homes in Iffley.

Oxford City Council’s housing company intends to build at least 29 Passivhaus-standard homes on a plot of land at Meadow Lane earmarked for development in the Oxford Local Plan 2036. In line with the Local Plan, these would include at least 12 council homes let at social rent. Another three homes would be expected to be shared ownership or another affordable tenure.

OCHL is working on plans for the Meadow Lane site and will begin a first round of public consultation on these during the summer. The housing company aims to submit a planning application by the end of the year. If planning permission is granted, construction and infrastructure work will begin in 2022.

An adjacent plot of land – known as the Memorial Field – is not included in the Local Plan and this will be kept as open space for the local community. Consultation will include asking residents for their views on the best use for this part of the site.

OCHL acquired the two plots from Donnington Hospital Trust in November. They were sold together at a total cost of £4.5m.

The appointment of Hill marks a second collaboration between the developer and housing company. Hill is currently building 237 homes on the first phase of Barton Park – known as Mosaics – and these include 95 OCHL homes now let at social rent.

In November Mosaics won the Gold Award for best development at the What House? Awards 2020, in a virtual ceremony hosted by Romesh Ranganathan. Hill also won housebuilder of the year at the same event.

“I’m extremely pleased to announce that OCHL will be working with Hill again to develop the Meadow Lane site. We’ll begin public consultation on our plans over the summer and aim to start construction next year.”

Michelle Thomas, Managing Director of OCHL

"We are pleased to have been selected by Oxford City Housing Ltd as the development partner for this exciting project in Iffley. This project represents a unique opportunity for us to showcase our expertise in building Passivhaus-standard homes in a thriving Oxford suburb. The city is experiencing a great need for affordable homes and we look forward to developing detailed plans to provide new homes for the city which incorporate the very highest levels of sustainability.”

Rob Hall, Deputy Managing Director for Hill

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