We are excited to start creating this new addition to the community, with the best design and landscape principles, reflecting local character, materials and way of life.
Our plans to provide 240 homes with community areas and natural green spaces is awaiting final planning approval. The homes will be a mix of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments and 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes – covering all from first homes to larger family homes.
35% of the new homes will be classed as affordable and managed by a housing association, made available for local residents for below market rent or through shared ownership schemes. With house prices often forcing people to live outside of communities they grew up in, our range of ownership options gives a helping hand to those who need it.
Church Farm has access points to the west and north, linked together with a tree-lined spine road, from which other smaller roads access the new homes. We’ve included green spaces and footpaths to encourage residents to walk and cycle rather than use their cars.
We’re also building a link to the cycle route between Radley, Abingdon and Kennington. Once complete, this will become part of a safe cycle route connecting Abingdon to Oxford.
Road junction improvements are also planned for where White’s Lane meets Foxborough Road. Improvements to this junction and realignment of White’s Lane will be completed alongside the development, with the new road built whilst the existing road junction is still in operation to reduce disruption.
Creating a development that is a home to wildlife too is important to us. The site is currently farmland, which means that it has low levels of biodiversity due to monoculture, pesticides and other aspects of farming. Through our planting, design and creation of new habitats, we will ensure more wildlife diversity. We will do this through creating green spaces, hedgehog highways, and restoring traditional habitats, as well as incorporating bee bricks, swift boxes and other features to our homes. We will also integrate Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems into the development, providing useable open space in the summer, or new semi-wet natural habitats.
In addition to creating new habitats within the site, an additional programme of wildlife habitat creation and enhancement will take place on land at Radley College. The local badger sett will remain on site, and we're preserving the green space and foraging areas around it.
Materials and suppliers will be sourced as close to the site as possible, providing jobs for local contractors and making sure the development is in keeping with Radley’s character. This has the added benefit of reducing the carbon footprint of construction. In addition, we’re committed to reducing construction waste and recycling everywhere we can.
If you are a local supplier or tradesperson, you can register your firm with us and we’ll notify you of work for tender. Contact our Commercial Director, Jeff Hake at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As well as sourcing locally, we will build our homes from highest quality materials with forward thinking technologies like energy saving insulation, electric vehicle charging points, low energy lighting and heating integrated into construction, so that the development stands the test of time.
A Reserved Matters application was submitted to Vale of White Horse District Council in early 2020. The council have undertaken statutory consultation, with a decision expected in Summer 2020. If this decision is positive, development would start during the summer, with the first homes available towards the end of the year. Development would start at the northern end of the site, where a residential scheme is already under construction for Radley College, and would take between four and five years to complete.