Affordable homes set for former pub site

Electric cars will be supported at a future affordable housing development in Banbury as the council advances its programme of investment in the Bretch Hill area.

Published: Monday, 26th November 2018

On Thursday, 22 November, Cherwell District Council’s planning committee unanimously granted permission for a mixed development of eight houses and six flats. Seven properties will be provided for affordable rent and a further seven for affordable shared ownership.

They will be developed on the site of the former Admiral Holland pub on the corner of Woodgreen Avenue and The Fairway, which is allocated for regeneration in the council’s adopted Local Plan. The project is being supported by Government funding from the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal.

Cllr Lynn Pratt, Cherwell's lead member for economy, regeneration and property, said: “This is set to be a really special development, being both affordable and innovative. I’m proud that the council’s Build! team has worked in support for electric car charging points, as they are a choice we expect more and more people to embrace in future.

“This shows that we are delivering on our wider drive to invest in the Bretch Hill area, and to put Government funding to best use for our residents.”

The homes will be a mix of two-bedroom houses, one bedroom apartments and a three bedroom house.

Each property will have an energy efficient design and ducting to allow charging points for electric cars to be installed. They will each have room to store bikes or pushchairs in their hallways and their own private outdoor spaces.

The rented properties will be available through the housing register and managed by the council Build! team.

Cllr David Hughes, chairman of the planning committee, said: “This is a forward-thinking affordable housing scheme which will breathe new life into a long-disused brownfield site. The decision shows that we are delivering on our policy commitments to bring forth a range of affordable, high quality options for local people.”

Other recent and ongoing council investments in the Bretch Hill area include the Spring Walk and Spring Gardens housing developments, The Fairway Methodist Church and The Hill Youth and Community Centre.