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.
We're eager to start building a new community in Radley which will incorporate 240 homes with a mix of of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments and 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes as well as community areas and natural green spaces.
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. Over a third of the new homes at Church Farm will be affordable and will be managed by a housing association, made available for local residents for below market rent or through Shared Ownership schemes.
Entrances to this new community are to the west and north which will be linked with a tree lined road, from which other smaller roads will give access to 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 which will form part of a safe cycle route connecting Abingdon to Oxford.
Road junction improvements are also planned for where White’s Lane meets Foxborough Road which will be completed alongside the community, 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. We'll be creating green spaces, hedgehog highways, and restoring traditional habitats, as well as incorporating bee bricks, swift boxes and other features to our homes. This will ensure more wildlife diversity across the community and go above and beyond the biodiversity improvements required to the farmland which has low levels currently due to monoculture, pesticides and other aspects of farming.
The local badger sett will remain on site and protected throughout the build with the green space and foraging areas around it being preserved for the future. We will also integrate Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems into the development, providing useable open space in the summer, or new semi-wet natural habitats.
We pride ourselves on using local materials and suppliers, ensuring our new homes are in keeping with Radley’s character, providing jobs for local contractors and reducing the carbon footprint of our construction.
We’re committed to reducing construction waste and recycling everywhere we can and building 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 is awaiting determination by the Vale of White Horse District Council and a decision is expected in February 2021. Once this application is approved work is expected to start in early 2021 with first the homes available towards the end of the year.
We're starting to build at the northern end of the site, where a residential scheme is already under construction for Radley College, and expect the community to take between four and five years to complete.