Large developments

  • Wolvercote Paper Mill GP Surgery

    Developers want to scrap medical centre

    23 November 2020

    When planning permission was granted for the redevelopment of the Wolvercote Paper Mill site a condition was agreed that the developer would provide space for a GP surgery. The developer is now asking the City Council to overturn that condition and to allow the space to be used instead for seven more flats. We join the local community and the Summertown Health Centre GPs and medical team in strongly objecting to this proposal.

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  • College scheme ‘exaggerates costs to maximise profits’

    St John's College could do more to provide affordable homes

    11 December 2019

    Oxford Civic Society in association with Summertown St Margaret’s Neighbourhood Forum and Wolvercote Neighbourhood Forum, welcomes the decision to review the recent approval of St John’s College’s Oxford North development project. Ian Green, OCS’s  Chairman, explains: “This is a technical argument about how much profit it’s reasonable for a developer to make and how it’s calculated. We are basically saying that St John’s, who have owned this land for centuries, are exaggerating the cost of the land and the risks to themselves as developers."

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  • Student housing in Between Towns Road

    OCS has serious concerns about this planning application

    1 November 2019

    We share the concerns of others regarding the provision of yet more student housing, especially as this proposed development is speculative rather than being sponsored by one of the universities or colleges. We regret that the opportunity has not been taken to deliver attractive affordable homes in this eminently suitable location.

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  • Oxford North – Developer’s Response

    TWO, developers of Oxford North, reply to our comments

    23 August 2018

    This letter is from TWO (Thomas White Oxford), the developers of Oxford North. It replies to the points we made in our comments on the public consultation before a planning application was submitted to Oxford City Council. The planning application has since been published and comments can be submitted up to 3 October.

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  • Oxford North – preliminary comments

    The latest plans for Oxford North (ex-Northern Gateway) are flawed and still too vague.

    22 July 2018

    The latest plans have made some changes but the problem at the moment is the general lack of detail. We hope this will be put right when the formal planning application is submitted.

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  • EasyHotel in Summertown

    We urge refusal of the planning application

    11 December 2017

    EasyHotel's proposal to build a 180-bed hotel in Summertown is inappropriate for the area, would add to congestion and pollution and have a serious impact on parking. If developed, this site should make a significant contribution to Oxford's housing shortage.

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  • Seacourt Park & Ride Extension

    Our response to the planning application

    26 November 2017

    The proposal to extend Seacourt Park & Ride has become a controversial issue. Oxford's two MPs and the County Council have opposed it. As part of our normal scrutiny of planning applications we have sent our own response which we reprint here.

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  • 25 Wellington Square redevelopment

    Response to the 2nd public consultation on 25 Wellington Square

    1 November 2017

    We regret that the latest design has departed from this approach in favour of the currently fashionable “egg box” style which is proliferating in various new university buildings. This appears to have been done as a cost saving measure and without regard to the preservation of heritage and the impact on the surrounding Conservation Area. We hope that the change in façade design will be reconsidered.

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  • Manor Place “not a battle between heritage and housing”

    What is being proposed at Manor Place does nothing to help the serious crisis in housing.

    14 February 2017

    Your front-page headline last week: “Need for new homes puts city’s heritage under threat” was seriously misleading. The proposed development does nothing to help the serious crisis in housing. It is not even intended to contribute to the accommodation needs of Oxford University. Both the University and site owners Merton College have confirmed they have no intention of using the accommodation themselves and the developer concedes that this is simply a speculative commercial project, aimed at any ‘student’ seeking accommodation in Oxford.

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  • Manor Place student housing

    Our objections to the developers' appeal.

    2 October 2016

    We consider that the appellants have failed to allay any of our concerns expressed in our letter of objection to the original application. We have previously pointed out the inadequacy of the information on how views will be affected. We reiterate our view that this proposal, if approved, would result in considerable environmental harm.

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