Headington residents are being asked if a new school and library should be built at the Manor Ground instead of a private hospital.

Hundreds of householders are being consulted to find out whether transferring St Andrew's First School to the football ground would be more popular than controversial Acland Hospital plans, which would include 87 new flats.

The school proposals incorporate Bury Knowle Library, currently housed in a building with unsuitable access for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

The Liberal Democrat parliamentary spokesman for East Oxford, Steve Goddard, said the move would be a "real tonic" for the local community, which has expressed anger that the Acland wanted to move to Headington.

Mr Goddard said: "We have a genuinely exciting chance to get a bigger and better St Andrew's School and a new library for Headington.

"What goes on the Manor once Oxford United moves out is of huge importance to the future of Headington. It's vital that we ask local residents what they think now."

St Andrew's revealed it wanted to swap its cramped site for spacious new buildings at the Manor in January. It will be the first to become a primary under plans to reorganise schools, but extra children would put severe pressure on its facilities.

Plans for the Acland to transfer to Headington have already been turned down by the city council.