28 Jun 2013

Planning approval for Haboakus Oxford development schemes

Haboakus – GreenSquare's joint venture with Hab Housing – has been given the go-ahead to proceed with the development of 108 new homes and community facilities in Oxford.

Oxford city councillors approved Haboakus proposals for new homes and a community centre at two sites in Northway earlier this month, but rejected the company's plans for a site in Barns Road. At its meeting last night the council’s planning review committee reversed that decision and unanimously supported the scheme.

Haboakus project manager Marita Ford said:
"We are delighted that the committee has supported our proposals and granted permission for the Barns Road development. Whilst we understand that those who objected to the application may not be happy with the decision, we are glad that the committee balanced their concerns with the wider benefits of the scheme.

"The Barns Road scheme will provide a new landmark building to improve the Cowley centre and much-needed affordable homes forpurchase at a low starting share of 25 percent. It will also provide new community rooms and a new retail unit and workshop for the charity Emmaus Oxford, giving ex-homeless people new opportunities to gain valuable skills, work experience and self respect.
 
"The 40 homes for sale and shared ownership at Barns Road will also generate the income required to build the new affordable rented housing and community facilities at the schemes in Northway.

"Across our three linked developments we will provide 69% affordable housing, exceeding the 50% minimum planning requirement and helping to meet the urgent need for affordable homes in Oxford."

Haboakus has been working with Oxford City Council for over two years on the linked proposals for the sites in Cowley and Northway. Most of the new homes will be affordable homes for rent or for shared ownership, with a smaller proportion for sale on the open market.

40 new homes will now be developed at Barns Road, 21 on the corner of Westlands Drive and Sutton Road, in Northway, and a further 47 at Dora Carr Close.

New state-of-the-art community facilities in Northway, provided as part of the development, will include a multi-use hall with improved sports changing rooms, social and café areas, local business units, education and learning space and outdoor areas for growing food. This new venue will have the capacity to host social occasions such as weddings, conferences, and sports events.

Haboakus has developed the plans with award-winning architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris.