Plans for up to 800 homes, a school and local centre at Water Eaton have been submitted to Cherwell District Council.

Bellway Homes and landowner Christ Church have submitted an outline planning application for the site, between Oxford and Kidlington, which was allocated in the Cherwell Local Plan Partial Review (Policy PR6a).

As well as the homes, 50 per cent of which will be affordable, the application includes:

  • A primary school
  • Local centre for retail, business and professional uses, including a cafe or restaurant and community building
  • Open public green spaces with play areas, allotments and landscaping
  • A cycle route through the site linking the Park & Ride at Oxford Parkway station to Oxford and Cutteslowe Park
  • A bus lane at Oxford Road and segregated pedestrian and cycle routes, suitable for commuting to Oxford city centre
  • Flood water storage ponds in green spaces.

The submission follows four stages of consultation and consultation on the application runs until June 9.

Fergus Thomas, strategic land director (central region) for Bellway, said: “Bellway Homes acquired the site from Christ Church in September 2022 following various stages of consultation, the first in autumn 2021. This winter we held a final stage of consultation, which gave us an opportunity to meet with people to discuss our plans.

“Bellway Homes and Christ Church have now submitted an outline planning application for the development to Cherwell District Council. Water Eaton is the product of huge amounts of work and engagement to help us create the best possible scheme, with high-quality homes and a variety of green spaces built into the site’s design.

“The stewardship of Water Eaton is also very important to us and Christ Church will continue to be involved in the management of the community areas and green spaces.

“We’d like to thank everyone who’s been involved over the last two years. The feedback people have provided during the process has influenced the design of Water Eaton, helping to create a scheme that will deliver much needed new homes in a sustainable location along with a range of complementary facilities.”

The outline application can be found at:

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