At a meeting on 16 December, the City Council resolved to approve the planning application submitted by Thomas White Oxford (TWO), the development company of St John’s College, for Oxford North after it was ‘called in’ to Oxford City Council’s planning review committee, following the resolution to approve the planning application at Oxford City Council’s West Area planning committee meeting held on Wednesday 27 November 2019.
Andrew Parker, Principal Bursar of St John’s College, said, ‘St John’s welcomes this decision, which is the result of intensive and positive discussions with Oxford City Council.
‘Oxford North is not just of local importance; it is also significant in the UK and international level, supporting the world-class research that takes place in the city and creating a setting where it can flourish.
‘By unlocking this area to provide a new, connected district for everyone to enjoy, TWO will be significantly investing in not just Oxford North, but in the city and its infrastructure, to make a positive impact that generates long-term business growth. Oxford North will transform the gateway to the City as well as being at the start of the Oxford to Cambridge corridor and knowledge arc. We will be pleased to be working in partnership with the City and other bodies to create this new innovation district for Oxford’.
William Donger, director of Thomas White Oxford, said: ‘We welcome the planning review committee’s decision on Oxford North’s planning application. This is another significant milestone for the project to deliver a shared vision. The committee’s decision secures the delivery of a new and exciting sustainable district for Oxford and investment in walking, cycling, bus and roads and £15.9 million of national government infrastructure funding. Oxford North will provide people with new and affordable homes, high-quality workspace for start-ups such as high-tech university spin-outs, three new parks and thousands of new trees. It will be a sustainable community for Oxford for future generations. Our next step is to work with the City Council in order to secure planning permission’.