Plans have been submitted for a mixed-use scheme of more than 400 flats, a hotel, employment space and flexible retail units on the eastern side of Oxford.

Shaviram Group, via its subsidiaries Sandhill Development and Downside Homes, has applied to build 402 flats, a 133-room hotel, a 2,200 sq m Innovation Centre and mixed-use space, totalling 2,000 sq m, which will include offices, gym, café and restaurant, public open space, along with cycle and car parking and landscaping at Thornhill Park off the A40 London Road.

Along with the submission, community consultancy TFA distributed leaflets to 1,400 homes and businesses in Risinghurst and Sandhills and a physical meeting had been planned. However, due to rising numbers of Covid cases in Oxford, an online event is now planned for Thursday, July 29 instead.

The 3.34-hectare site was previously used by AC Nielsen which had offices next to it (since converted to 134 flats). It is close to the Thornhill park & ride.

The proposed scheme is the third design and incorporates changes made after previous rounds of consultation with residents and stakeholders. The scheme has been scaled back from its initial proposal for 456 homes and a hotel with 252 rooms.

The 402 homes, half of which will be affordable, will be delivered on a Build-to-Rent basis.

Keith Mapingire, design and development manager, told Thames Tap: “We have submitted a planning application that sets out our vision to provide high quality homes within a well crafted landscape to create a new special place with a distinctive character and a strong community focus.

“Our application reflects the policy set out in the Local Plan and will therefore be providing 402 apartments, 201 of which will be affordable; as well as a hotel, cafe/restaurant, innovation centre and gym which will all create employment and provide meaningful amenities for the wider neighbourhood.

“We are continuing to engage with local residents and stakeholders in order to deliver this important development for the city.”

The team on the project includes Thames Tap partner Savills as planning consultant and jtp as architect/masterplanner.

To attend Thursday’s consultation, contact TFA at


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