Land deal is sought as Oxpens work date set

Bob Price

Bob Price

First published in News Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Council Reporter, also covering Oxford city centre. Call me on 01865 425429

WORK on the major redevelopment of Oxpens could start in 2016, the leader of Oxford City Council has said.

Bob Price said the local authority was negotiating with the six other bodies which own parts of the 20-acre site. Most of it is owned by the council itself and the Department for Transport (Dft).

Council officers say they could use compulsory purchase orders to ensure development goes ahead, though Mr Price claims it is not currently in his plans.

The council’s partnerships and regeneration manager, Fiona Piercy, said: “Through the City Deal the council has agreed with DfT that the council will bring the Oxpens site to the market in 2015 to seek a development partner.

“This requires an arrangement which places our land under a single control and provides for a fair, transparent allocation of value and uplift between the parties.

“The council is providing draft proposals to DfT shortly and this is due to be agreed by summer this year. The remaining land interests will be brought into the development either by negotiation and mutual agreement, or failing this through compulsory purchase order.”

The Oxpens site, between Westgate Centre and the Thames, is seen as a top development opportunity. It is expected the site will include houses and flats, offices, research and development space, a hotel and public square, with Oxpens Meadow preserved.

Mr Price said the development could not realistically go ahead before 2016. He added: “It all depends what happens with our discussions with the landowners but that’s my best estimate.

“We are not discussing compulsory purchase orders and if or when they might be used.”

Housing association GreenSquare owns the Richard Grey Court flats block on the site.

Phil Bowley, head of regeneration at GreenSquare, said: “We are pleased to be working with Oxford City Council to support their aspirations for Oxpens, and to negotiate a way forward that does not involve compulsory purchase of our homes.”




Our top stories:

Update: Bullfinch: More than 350 youngsters potential abuse victims as campaigner calls for action not apologies

Oxford Mail: Marilyn Hawes

7:46am Monday 2nd March 2015

MORE than 350 youngsters in Oxfordshire have been identified as potential victims of groomers, the Oxford Mail understands.

UPDATE: All lanes reopened on M40 northbound between junction 8 and 9 after serious crash

Oxford Mail: Lorry jackknifes on M40 causing traffic tailbacks

3:52pm Monday 2nd March 2015

The M40 has reportedly been closed northbound between J8 and J8A near the Wheatley services due to an accident.

UPDATE: Kanye West delights crowds in Oxford at talk at Museum of Natural History + video

Oxford Mail:

2:01pm Monday 2nd March 2015

International rap superstar Kanye West is expected in Oxford this afternoon for a talk at the Museum of Natural History.

Discovery: Remains of a woman and a coin dating from the 1600s are unearthed

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Monday 2nd March 2015

THE SKELETON of a woman thought to be nearly 400 years old has been unearthed at an Oxford college.

Parents across Oxfordshire discover fate of child's secondary school place

Oxford Mail: New Oxfordshire county council logo

8:44am Monday 2nd March 2015

PUPILS across the county will find out today whether they have got their first-choice of school as Oxfordshire County Council issues places for secondary schools today.

Grannies put on a unique trolley dance

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Monday 2nd March 2015

TWO dancing grannies took over the streets of Oxford as the city’s main annual dance festival got into full swing.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree