Postgraduate family housing is to be created in Oxford as part of a new scheme planned by Oxford University Development (OUD).

OUD, a joint venture between the university and Legal & General, has agreed to redevelop Court Place Gardens at Iffley into a scheme of 71 houses for postgraduates along with conversion of a Grade II-listed mansion into 13 study bedrooms with communal space.

In addition, nearby Gate Lodge will be renovated to offer three privately let bedrooms.

The 71-home scheme will replace a small, run-down 1970s scheme of graduate houses. The new homes will have air source heat pumps and children’s play areas.

Anna Strongman, chief executive of OUD, said: “This is a fantastic milestone for the partnership and OUD as we see the first of our residential schemes be developed.

“We are proud of the high quality design that responds to the beautiful landscape of the site and the sustainable merits of the scheme, such as its fossil fuel-free nature.  The development of Court Place Gardens will play a key role in the city’s evolution, creating much-needed housing to allow the city to attain and retain talent and allowing Oxford University to retain its world-class status.

Mike Coplowe, senior development manager at Legal & General, said: “The development of Court Place Gardens marks the start of our residential ambitions with Oxford University, which is an essential first step towards creating more modern, affordable and sustainable accommodation for the university.”

The university has a strategic goal of building at least 1,000 new units of graduate accommodation and 1,000 staff homes.

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