270-home Oxford NHS development starts work

Work has started on the Newman Place development at the Littlemore Park NHS site in Oxford, which will deliver 270 new homes over four phases.

The developer Catalyst will provide 102 homes by the end of the year, while a further 168 will be available by the summer of 2023.

The development is marked as affordable, while it is located less than four miles from Oxford City Centre.

Some 108 homes will be for social rent, with the remaining 162 being available for shared ownership, with priority purchase options for NHS key workers.

Joe Marshall, managing director, new homes (counties) at Catalyst, said: ‘I’m delighted to announce this first major milestone in the construction of Newman Place, Oxford.

“Newman Place not only brings much-needed affordable new homes for people on the city’s waiting list but gives many first-time buyers, including NHS workers to whom we’ve given priority purchase options, the chance to get on the property ladder in an area where they’d normally be priced-out.

The social rented homes are designed to meet the needs of those on the Oxford City Council’s housing register, as there will be 14 wheelchair-accessible homes and a five-bedroom family home.

Newman Place is designed to be sustainable and biodiverse, with bricks and local stone chosen to blend with the neighbouring Grade 2 listed Georgian manor, and a ‘campus’ feel to the park reflecting Oxford’s academic heritage and the adjoining Oxford Science Park.

Landscaping footpaths are being created, as well as cycleways and seating areas alongside Littlemore Brook, connecting with the science park.

The development will also have a play area, two hibernacula for local wildlife, community allotments and public art marking the site’s heritage.

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