Update – 18 January 2023

Bayswater planning applications submitted to deliver much needed high-quality homes for Oxford

  • Christ Church and Dorchester Residential Management’s planning applications to South Oxfordshire District Council and Oxford City Council now registered by the Councils for their determination
  • The plans for 1,450 new homes along with 120 assisted living units will include 50 per cent affordable homes including a variety of tenures
  • Bayswater will be a sustainable, exemplar community that helps to meet the urgent and significant need for new homes in Oxford
  • Proposals informed by feedback from two years of public and stakeholder consultation
  • Plans include a new pedestrian/cycle bridge across the A40 to safely connect Bayswater and existing nearby communities to Oxford

Christ Church and Dorchester Residential Management (DRM) have submitted planning applications for a new neighbourhood at Land North of Bayswater Brook, which have now been registered by the local authorities. Consultation by South Oxfordshire District Council and Oxford City Council has now started on the planning applications.

The planning applications follow two years of community and stakeholder engagement alongside extensive technical studies and work with a range of organisations.

The applications will deliver:

  • 1,450 high quality new homes to include 50 per cent affordable housing (Social Rent, Affordable Rent, Shared Ownership and First Homes), as well as an additional 120 assisted living dwellings of which 50 per cent will also be affordable homes
  • Over 57 hectares of Green and Blue Infrastructure including new recreation, amenity and public open space areas, new recreational routes, and new ecological habitats
  • Refurbishment and enhancement of the historic Wick Farm buildings and Grade II-star listed Well House to create a vibrant local centre
  • A new primary school on-site and contributions towards expanding secondary and SEN education
  • Enhancing the natural flow of the Bayswater Brook, creating new wildlife habitats and exceeding biodiversity net gain targets while managing flooding and improving existing issues for local properties
  • Using renewable and low carbon technologies to create greener homes and a sustainable development, for example by avoiding the use of fossil fuels to heat the new buildings from the outset

There will also be a striking new pedestrian and cycle bridge across the A40, providing a safe link connecting Barton, Barton Park, and Bayswater to Oxford. The bridge has been designed by award-winning architects Wilkinson Eyre, and will encourage cycling and walking as a fundamental part of this development.

James Lawrie,Treasurer at Christ Church Oxford, said: “With Oxford facing a significant housing crisis, we are proud to be delivering vital homes to address Oxford City’s unmet housing need.

“We are excited to present our proposals for a beautiful, sustainable neighbourhood with 50 per cent affordable housing, which will include renewable and low carbon technologies.

“We look forward to giving this development a distinct identity that integrates seamlessly with the surrounding landscape and will provide amenities and facilities for use by the existing communities at Barton, Barton Park and local villages to help bring the communities together through an innovative approach to long-term stewardship.” 

Paul Silver,Chief Executive Officer at Dorchester Residential Management, added: “We have worked hard to engage with local communities and stakeholders before finalising our plans for Bayswater. 

“New public transport links and improvements to pedestrian and cycling facilities on routes leading to and from the city centre and other key destinations will ensure that this neighbourhood will be varied, inclusive and well-connected. New community facilities, public spaces and biodiversity enhancements will benefit new residents as well as the existing community. We have listened carefully to the feedback from our consultations, and this is reflected in the changes made to the masterplan.”

The project website has been updated to provide links to the two council websites, where you will be able to view the planning application, supporting documents and submit comments to the councils. To find links to both South Oxfordshire District Council and Oxford City Council, please visit the project downloads on the website

For further information about the application, people can contact the project team directly using any of the following methods:

T: 0800 144 8907

E: [email protected]