OX Place has submitted a planning application to build 32 new homes in Iffley on a development that will be 100% affordable.
OX Place, the housing development company owned by Oxford City Council, intends to build the new homes as a mix of houses and maisonettes on land at Meadow Lane that was earmarked for development in the Local Plan 2036.
OX Place produced an initial masterplan for the development in October 2021, and this has now been amended following two rounds of public consultation.
While half the development was initially envisaged as homes for market sale, all will now be affordable. There will be 19 council homes let at social rent and 13 homes sold for shared ownership.
In Oxford, social rent is typically around 40% of an equivalent private rent. Shared ownership helps people get onto the property ladder by buying a share in a home they couldn’t afford to buy outright.
The revamped scheme now includes smaller building footprints and homes of less than three storeys. This provides better opportunities for landscaping – including communal gardens – and means no adverse impact on views from existing homes.
In line with Local Plan requirements, Meadow Lane will be highly energy efficient, going beyond current building regulations.
This will be achieved by following enhanced building fabric and air tightness standards and using air source heat pumps. The new homes will be electrically heated, meaning they will become zero carbon when the electricity grid decarbonises.
Meadow Lane will promote sustainable travel through 83 secure cycle spaces, an electric car club and EV charging capacity in each of its 17 car park spaces.
The Memorial Field to the south of the site is not included in the Local Plan, and there are no plans to develop it. OX Place aims to retain the trees and wild grass, while there is the potential for a connection from the new development through the Memorial Field towards Church Way and Oriel Meadow.
If planning permission is granted, OX Place and its development partner. Hill, aim to begin construction in the summer of 2023.
“People said that the original plans didn’t do enough to help tackle our city’s housing crisis, and OX Place has listened. If planning permission is granted, Meadow Lane will now be 100% affordable, providing 19 council homes for social rent and 13 homes for shared ownership.
“As I’m a cabinet member, I can’t be involved in decisions on OX Place planning applications, and I hope Meadow Lane will be approved in due course. Oxford needs affordable, low carbon homes, and OX Place is best placed to deliver these.”
—Councillor Alex Hollingsworth, Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing Delivery at Oxford City Council
“We’ve acted on feedback from public consultation in October and December, and now we’re taking our revised plans from the drawing board and a step closer to reality.
“While there’s a lot of work still to do, I’m hoping for a green light from planners and am looking forward to starting construction on our latest scheme as soon as possible.”
—Helen Horne, Managing Director of OX Place