New homes planned for Wolvercote as part of Oxford North

Hill Residential is planning to build 24 new houses on land north of Goose Green.

The development will form part of the Oxford North quarter, with the site bordering the Canalside residential development.

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Planning papers for the application states the development consists of three areas. 

These are Canalside, which is south of the A40, Central which is north of the A40 and west of the A44, and Eastside to the east of the A44.

Oxford Mail: The Oxford North developmentPlanning papers add: “Though separate to the Canalside development, which is currently being built, and outside of the boundary of the hybrid application which secured the outline permission for the majority of the Oxford North development, the design of this proposed development at Goose Green has been informed by the design and layout of Canalside and continues its residential form.”

The first 317 new homes are now under construction at the innovation district, which is close the city’s northern boundary.

They are a mix of one, two, three, four and five-bedroom homes.

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Once completed, the £700m development will feature a total of 480 new homes and one million sq ft of laboratory and workspaces.

There will also be a hotel, nursery, cafes, bars, and three public parks.

Work has started on the new central park, market square, two lab buildings, and the Red Hall – a huge structure comprising retail units and working spaces.

The development is being built on 64 acres of land by Thomas White Oxford, the development company of St John’s College.

The central landscape was designed by landscape architecture practice Gustafson Porter + Bowman, which previously worked on Chelsea Barracks and the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain in London.

Thomas White Oxford has selected Hill Group as the development partner for the first phase of new homes at Oxford North.

In March 2021, Oxford North’s Red Hall was granted planning permission as part of the first phase of development to deliver one million sq ft of laboratory and workspaces, 480 new homes, hotel, nursery, cafes, bars, three public parks and infrastructure.

Oxford Mail: The Red Hall at Oxford NorthIn March last year it was agreed that there will be improvements to the Red Hall building including a cafe bar, retail units, community space, co-working spaces, and additional meeting and workspace intended to accommodate a range of science and innovation start-ups and SMEs.

The design of the Red Hall has attracted criticism from some residents in Wolvercote.

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