Clive Booth Student Village

October 2021 update on the proposed redevelopment of part of Clive Booth Student Village

We are disappointed that planning permission for the redevelopment of Clive Booth Student Village has not been granted despite a recommendation for approval by planning officers, recognition of the redevelopment in the Oxford Local Plan and extensive public engagement resulting in significant changes and improvements to the previous application.

The University will now consider next steps in relation to this proposed development which would benefit students and the wider community.

The current Clive Booth site

May 2021 update on footpath development on the University's Headington Hill Site


Alongside our proposals for the redevelopment of part of Clive Booth Student Village, the University has also submitted a separate planning application to enable improvements to the footpath that connects it to our Headington Hill site. Following extensive local engagement, our plans for this include the removal of the existing footpath route and formation of a new route that better links the Cuckoo Lane entrance with the Headington Hill campus. We have proposed:

  • both a new raised boardwalk-style path and a more meandering route which will avoid the use of stairs for more accessible access
  • alterations to the stone boundary wall to form a new entrance gap in the wall onto Cuckoo Lane and a closing of the existing gap
  • adjustments to the entrance to Headington Hill Park including the removal of a small section of the existing railings and some surface regrading.

The overall intention is to provide a much improved pedestrian link in this area which will improve access for not only students and staff but also the local community. The University does not own Cuckoo Lane, which bisects the campus and the accommodation site, and Oxfordshire County Council will assess any improvements to the lane separately.

Further details on Oxford Brookes’ application is available on the Oxford City Council planning web pages.  

What is Clive Booth Student Village?

Clive Booth Student Village is an existing student accommodation site, close to Marston Road in East Oxford.

It is located on land owned by Oxford Brookes, is managed by the University and is currently home to around 1,300 students. 

This includes students who are training to be nurses, paramedics, allied healthcare professionals and teachers, many of whom will work across the county during placements and after graduating. 

The current Clive Booth site

Why is the University looking to redevelop part of Clive Booth Student Village?

The current Clive Booth site

A large number of the buildings on the site are now 30 years old. There is a need to redevelop the accommodation so that living arrangements continue to be of a high quality for our students and we can improve and modernise the site. 

The proposed redevelopment of part of Clive Booth Student Village is recognised in the Oxford Local Plan 2036, which was adopted in June 2020. The Local Plan also sets a threshold for Oxford Brookes of allowing no more than 4,000 of its students to live outside of University-owned accommodation.

Increasing the number of rooms available to students within the University’s estate is important in being able to meet this requirement.

What are the benefits of redeveloping part of Clive Booth Student Village?

The University believes that the proposed redevelopment of the site will create a number of benefits, which include:

  • Helping to ensure a positive student experience by providing high-quality rooms, enhanced indoor social spaces and an improved range of accommodation options across our residences to suit affordability and personal living preferences.
  • Helping to reduce pressure on local housing supply by allowing for greater numbers of students to live within student accommodation on existing University land, close to the Headington Campus, as an alternative to private rental properties in the community.
  • Helping to reduce pressure on local transport systems as students travelling to the Headington Campus will be able to walk or cycle, rather than using local bus services.
  • Helping to reduce the number of cars in Oxford as the University stipulates that any student living in halls of residence is not permitted to bring a vehicle to Oxford.
  • Helping to provide improved facilities for Oxford Brookes University Nursery, also located on the site, which provides care for children from the local community as well as University staff and students.

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