We are pleased to confirm that planning permission has been granted for the redevelopment of part of Clive Booth Student Village which will benefit students and the wider community.
The planning application was refused by the Oxford Planning Committee last month, but was subsequently called in to the Planning Review Committee by councillors and the decision was last night taken to approve the scheme.
The University participated in extensive engagement with students, staff and the local community which resulted in significant changes and improvements to the previous application.
Thank you to everyone who helped shape this important redevelopment, which will provide an increased number of high-quality rooms within the University’s estate and support efforts to manage local housing demand.
The University will work with its contractor to ensure that any disruption caused by the redevelopment is kept to a minimum. Please also be reassured that none of the rooms that have been allocated to students for the current (2021/22) year are due for demolition.
We anticipate that the initial work will start in December 2021 and will begin with the introduction of site fencing. Enabling works such as laying underground services will then start, followed by the removal of the buildings set to be redeveloped. This is not done by wrecking ball as the buildings will be carefully dismantled, with materials then recycled.
The construction of the redeveloped buildings is expected to begin in Spring 2022 and students will be kept fully up to date with plans. There will be easy ways for students to contact the project team directly should any issues arise.
Further information on the redevelopment can be found on the University’s dedicated webpages.