A NUMBER of key county projects around housing, employment and infrastructure are facing delays, it can be revealed.

Oxfordshire Growth Board will meet this afternoon to discuss an array of matters crucial to the county's future, including a deal to build 100,000 homes and study to improve rail links.

But council leaders will also discuss ongoing projects, which have been hit by delays.

Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership - made up of businesses, councils and universities - will update the growth board on its 2017/18 operating plan.

While the majority of schemes are on track or have been completed, several, such as the Northern Gateway proposals have been given 'amber' status - signifying delays or minor issues.

  • The Northern Gateway plans, also known as Oxford North, would see a science and research park, along with 500 homes, created between Wolvercote and Peartree roundabouts.

Planning permission has not yet been approved, and OxLEP has raised questions over the lack of progress.

  • The 'science vale cycle route' project to create better links between new housing in Didcot and surrounding area and employment zones, such as Harwell, has also been given an amber status.

OxLEP said 'land issues' had delayed progress on several routes and that the March 2019 completion date may now be 'unachievable'.

  • A new multi-storey car park at Didcot Station has also been delayed.

The growth board will discuss the delays at 2pm at Town Hall.