Cherwell House Osney Lane Oxford OX1 1BZ

1 October 2020

Erection of additional second and third floors to provide 26 no. en-suite student bedrooms and 2 x 1-bed warden flats. Alterations including re-cladding of the existing building. Extension of existing bin store and erection of new bike shelter. (Amended plans) (Amended description)

Oxford Civic Society views the harm done by this proposal as significantly outweighing the public benefit. Some of the issues are the same as those that led the Inspector to reject an earlier proposal to increase the height in 2012. The increase in height from two to three storeys, and in part four storeys with a pitched roof, results in a building which is overbearing, owing to its height and length, and which also overlooks some of the neighbouring properties. The materials chosen do not harmonise with the neighbourhood, and the proposal would have a harmful effect on the Osney Town Conservation Area. For all these reasons we cannot support the application.