Catalyst’s development of 270 new affordable homes at Newman Place in Oxford has been awarded £4.34 million of grant funding through the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal.

Oxford City Council, which is working with the housing association on the scheme in the Littlemore area, was awarded the money from the former Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (now the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities).

The 100 per cent affordable development, less than four miles from Oxford City Centre, will deliver 108 homes for social rent and 162 for shared ownership, with priority purchase options for NHS key workers.

The scheme is to be built in three phases with completion due in Summer 2023. This funding will support delivery of homes in phase two.

Joe Marshall, Catalyst managing director for new homes (counties), said: “We’re delighted to receive this funding from Oxfordshire Growth Deal through Oxford City Council. It provides a valuable contribution towards the development of the significant number of new affordable homes we’re building at Littlemore, just south of Oxford.

“We are absolutely committed to building the right mix of homes in the right places across the Oxford-Cambridge Arc, and Newman Place is a true example of this with new homes in a community setting that reflects the area’s heritage, biodiversity and economy.”

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