Introducing the Oxfordshire Plan 2050

Comment ID 1123
Document Section Introducing the Oxfordshire Plan 2050 INTRODUCTION (no name) View all on this section
Respondent Christ Church View all by this respondent
Agent Louise Follett
Response Date 28 Mar 2019
Comment

Oxfordshire Plan 2050

Pegasus Group has been instructed on behalf of Christ Church, Oxford and Dorchester

Residential Management to respond to the consultation on the Oxfordshire 2050 Plan.

The land owners are (Wick Farming Limited and Thomas Wolsey properties Ltd).

Dorchester Residential Management (DRM) has a track record with in Oxfordshire of not

only building houses, but establishing vibrant, popular and dynamic new communities,

with an emphasis on upfront social infrastructure and creative design solutions.

Dorchester consider themselves as much as a community builder as a housebuilder

and were the first developer in the UK to put community groups together in

partnership and create a new free school . DRM has a registered social housing provider

in the group.

Dorchester is unique in that it has a long-term model of building houses for sale, open

market rent and affordable housing and creates a faster more consistent build rate and

also more integrated high-quality community. They have consistently performed as

one of the top three development sites in Cherwell for achieving delivery build rates.

At Heyford Park, DRM have worked with the local community in the preparation of the

Cherwell Neighbourhood Plan covering 11 Parishes and is one of the largest

neighbourhood plans in the country. Further development at Heyford Park is being

promoted with the support of local residents, local politicians and officers at Cherwell.

Homes England and national politicians have consistently supported Dorchester's

community based approach.

The Oxfordshire Growth Deal was signed at Heyford Park in March 2018. The then

Housing Minister Dominic Raab said in a speech in April at the Design Quality

Conference 2018:

"I recently visited Heyford Park in Oxfordshire. It's a good illustration of

the strides we are making. It really feels like a community, from the

moment you stroll past the new local school, around the well-designed

streets ... in a beautiful setting, underpinned by well-planned transport

links, so it really feels like it is set-up to thrive for the future.

We should take great pride in our design heritage and feel inspired by it ...

as we gear up to deliver those 300,000 homes that we will need by the

middle of the next decade to meet the demand in this country. 300,000

each year."

DRM and Christ Church, Oxford are jointly promoting land North of Bayswater Brook

which is a proposed allocation in the South Oxfordshire Local Plan. Both DRM and CC

are very supportive of funding development of this scheme and achieving early

delivery. DRM and CC intend to retain units of development, retaining ownership of

rental units and affordable housing/key worker housing .

Dorchester has a track record of not only building houses, but establishing vibrant,

popular and dynamic new communities, with an emphasis on upfront social

infrastructure and design solutions.

Dorchester has a track record of delivering infrastructure early in the scheme e.g. in

Heyford Park approximately £20m of infrastructure was in place before housing started

to be built.

Dorchester consider themselves as much as a community builder as a housebuilder.

The intent ion is for t he JV to develop all t he houses, to retain a good proportion and to

manage a high-quality estate into the future.

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