New homes, revamped community centre and improvements to Oxford Town Hall’s flagpole are on the cards in the latest planning round up.
The plans can be viewed, and commented on, at oxford.gov.uk/info/20066/planning_applications/328/view_and_comment_on_planning_applications.
New homes on Woodstock Road
Plans have been submitted to Oxford City Council to demolish a house and rebuild two new homes in its place.
188 Woodstock road, between Moreton road and Beech Croft road, is a mid-1930’s semi-detached house.
The proposals for 188 Woodstock Road include the demolition of the detached property and the construction of two, new semi-detached houses on the site.
An initial application was submitted on December 22 2021. However, this application was withdrawn following comments from, and discussions with, the planning officers.
The applicant, JPPC Chartered Town Planners, believes the new proposals include clearer information about the rear of the building.
Plans would see a contemporary take on a pair of large 1920s semi-detached houses.
In the planning documents, the applicant states described the design: “The hipped roof is a dominant feature, with generous overhanging eaves. This element is playfully articulated by extending over the first floor bay windows. These windows form the dominant feature of the facade, articulated in a bronze finish.”
The exterior of the properties would match surrounding north Oxford and would make use of multi-brick as a staple material. It would be paired with red clay tiles and bronze accents on the windows. Dark offblack stained timber would be used for the entrance woodwork and doors.
East Oxford Community Centre
Plans have been submitted to Oxford City Council, by the council, to build affordable homes in East Oxford.
planning permission to redevelop the East Oxford Community Centre (EOCC) and create residential sites on Princes Street and Collins Street.
The applicant, BM3 Architecture and Arcadis on behalf of Oxford City Council, seeks full planning permission to redevelop the East Oxford Community Centre (EOCC) and create residential sites on Princes Street and Collins Street.
In the planning document, it states the council’s intension is to “improve and extend the provision of community facilities and to consolidate the existing community centre building within the Princes street site, whilst also looking at proposed residential development on the Collins Street and Princes Street sites.”
The plans would see the redevelopment of two brownfield sites, the first would be East Oxford Community Centre on Princes Street and the second the East Oxford Games Hall site on Collins Street.
The Princes Street proposals would refurbish the existing East Oxford Community Centre and create a modern extension to the building for new community uses. The remainder of the site at Princes Street would be used to deliver an apartment block housing 12 dwelling affordable flats.
The plans for Collins Street would see the demolition of the existing East Oxford Games Hall and the redevelopment of an apartment block housing 14 shared ownership flats
In the plans, the applicant stated: “The proposed residential schemes aim to create safe, attractive and accessible residential developments, which successfully integrates the existing site into the surrounding neighbourhoods, helping to address local regeneration.”
“The existing East Oxford Games Hall presents itself as an under utilised council asset and provides the opportunity for redevelopment by delivering additional housing that will help to broaden local opportunities and secure other area based improvements.
“The community centre presents itself as a well used council asset that needs regeneration to increase the need for affordable housing and address the social, economic and environmental needs of its community.”
On Princes Street, the shape of the apartment block would be laid out in a L-shape creating a large private shared amenity space at the back of the site, this would also stop the site overlooking neighbouring homes.
A shared surface drive separates the residential apartments and the new extension to the community centre. The shared surface driveway allows residences access to the private shared amenity space and enclosed and secure cycle storage to the rear of the property.
On Collins Street, the concept for the apartment block would create “continuity with the surrounding residential context of two storey Victorian terrace houses”.
It design would also create a “distinct character but still in keeping with the general materials being used in the surrounding streets”.
Oxford Town Hall flagpole
Plans have been submitted to Oxford City Council to improve the Town Hall’s flagpole.
The proposals would see new stainless-steel fixtures and fittings installed on the Oxford Town Hall roof, to improve use of the flagpole.
In the planning documents, the applicant states the ‘exceptional value’ of the Town Hall in terms of its it’s architectural, evidential, historical and community values have been considered before the application.
The applicant, Carter Jonas LLP, explained: “The rationale for the installation of the additional fixtures and fixings to the west elevation of the Town Hall is to allow for safer and easier use of the existing flagpole. The proposed fixtures and fittings are considered to be reasonably discreet and not impact the heritage values of the Town Hall.”
This story was written by Sophie Perry. She joined the team in 2021 as a digital reporter.
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