Expansion of Oxford housing plan revealed

January 8, 2018 by  

Oxford City Council (OCC) has backed an ambitious housing plan near the A40.

The decision of the council means that more than 40 additional homes will be created. Brochure printers in Oxford may be used to showcase new properties to the public. Shaviram Headington Limited , the developers behind the scheme, originally intended to produce about 90 homes via the conversion of old office space. The OCC planning committee judged that a fresh plan was acceptable.

Officers from the OCC looked at detailed plans to upgrade the development despite the earlier plan provoking some concerns about the potential for increased congestion. The fresh vision includes parking spaces for residents and visitors. Part of a report produced by council officers was quoted in the Oxford Mail:

“The proposal, subject to conditions, does not present any detrimental transport or highway impacts, contamination risks, flooding risks or noise impacts from commercial premises and therefore prior approval is granted.”

Planners have argued that the new development should not have a major influence on the volume of traffic in the area. Barbara Naylor, a member of a local parish council, has said that the community is prepared for change. She acknowledged the housing shortage which is having an impact on Oxford and conceded that it must be addressed. Nonetheless, she warned that local residents were still anxious about traffic problems.