A step forward for Oxford North was made last week when the reserved matters application for its Canalside Park and residential street was approved by Oxford City Council.

Thomas White Oxford (TWO), the development company of St John’s College, won outline consent for the Oxford North masterplan in March 2021.

Now the latest approval, given at the planning committee’s August 16 meeting, clears the way for a park with predominantly native tree and shrub species, along with a hedgerow to form a soft boundary with the new homes.

A separate reserved matters application has been made by Hill Group, the project’s residential development partner, which covers design, appearance, layout and low carbon living initiatives for 317 new homes.

Hill Group, which has been on-site since August 2021, working on enabling infrastructure, is contracted by TWO to deliver the new park and street. Canalside Park is the first of three public parks and work on it will start shortly.

William Donger, chief executive of TWO, said: “We welcome the planning committee’s decision on Oxford North’s latest reserved matters application. This is another significant milestone for the project to deliver the shared vision and enable the delivery of Oxford North’s first homes.

“It will create further local construction jobs and be a place which can be enjoyed by the local community and visitors.

“We firmly believe that well-designed public realm significantly contributes to the quality of the built environment and plays a key role in the creation of sustainable, inclusive, mixed communities. We look forward to delivering this next phase.”

Acting for TWO are Savills, Fletcher Priest Architects, Gardiner & Theobald LLP, Stantec, Townshend Landscape Architects, Hoare Lea, EDP, AKT II, and BSG Ecology.

Image shows the proposed scheme with Canalside Park and residential areas to the right.

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