Oxford North development: jobs come before Oxford’s housing need

Hulton Park

23rd October 2018

The Oxford North project, previously known as the Oxford Gateway, is proposed to be built on 64 acres of land between Wolvercote roundabout, the A34 and the Peartree roundabout.

According to developers plans the development will include:

£100m worth of infrastructure investment, £30m of which for new roads, cycle paths and footpaths.
Business and commercial space
Creation of 4,500 new jobs
480 new homes with 1,500 residents
A nursery, hotel and High Street

CPRE Oxfordshire director Helen Marshall said: “The city council says its priority is housing, but it continues to allocate sites for employment instead, thereby increasing pressure on green spaces. Given that North Oxford is intended to generate over 4,500 jobs but only 480 houses, it is obvious that it is merely going to add to the pressure for local housing.”

“In such an over-heated market, even so-called ‘affordable housing’ will be completely out of reach of the majority of those in need. CPRE Oxfordshire believes that the best approach would be to release many of Oxford’s employment sites for housing and make sure that they are built out at a density suitable for city living.”

Read more on the Oxford City Council website here…

Read CPRE Oxfordshire’s response to the Oxford North planning application below.

CPRE Oxon Oxford North Response Oct 18