MORE progress on a housing project that had been mooted for over a decade could be achieved next week.

Planning permission has already been granted by the city council for the Wolvercote Paper Mill site, where 190 homes will be built.

But new restrictions and speed limits for drivers while building takes place will be passed by the county council’s cabinet member for transport, Yvonne Constance.

Developers have wanted to build homes on the mill site since 2005 but plans took years to come to fruition.

The site was used for paper mills for about 400 years but production there stopped in 1997. The former mills were knocked down in 2004.

Mrs Constance will be asked to confirm a 20mph zone around the site and parking and waiting restrictions.

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The parking restrictions will involve an extension of Godstow Road’s double yellow lines to ensure there is no waiting allowed.

Thames Valley Police’s traffic management officers are not objecting to the policy, but Wolvercote city councillor Liz Wade worries restrictions on parking could affect a pub.

Mrs Wade said the White Hart pub would be ‘less accessible, particularly for people with limited mobility because vehicles will not be able to park or even stop outside to deposit visitors’.

She continues: “The White Hart is a community pub, much valued by the local community. It hosts a weekly farmers’ market and is a social hub for Lower Wolvercote.

“The concern expressed about putting yellow lines in front of the pub and the neighbouring houses is that drivers coming out of Mill Road will speed up around the mini-roundabout and continue at speed along Godstow Road.”

She said she does not want the double yellow lines extended because they ‘will increase the traffic danger’ on the road.

Oxford Bus Company runs a service around Wolvercote. That will be extended to include the new housing at the Paper Mill site. It has welcomed the proposed new waiting restrictions.

The changes will be debated at a meeting next Friday at County Hall, Oxford.

An official launch for the Paper Mill site will be held next month, developers said earlier this year.

The development will be built by CALA Homes.

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The company was granted planning permission by the city council last September.

Half of all the homes will be designated as affordable.

Of the 190 homes, 74 will be flats. The remaining 116 will be houses.

A doctor’s surgery and a community centre will be built as part of the new estate.

Last month, Andrew Aldridge, land director at CALA Homes Chiltern, said: “We have an exciting vision for the Wolvercote Mill site which celebrates its rich heritage whilst creating a sustainable new community.

“The fact that work is now underway is a key milestone for the area.”