Occupied by mills for around 400 years, the site north of Oxford has laid dormant since the Oxford University Press paper mill shut in 2004.
Set within the village of Wolvercote, the brownfield site will be sensitively transformed into 190 much-needed new homes. The proposals include a range of high-quality houses and apartments, creating one- to four-bedroomed homes, with 50% of these being allocated for affordable housing. The historic mill buildings have provided design inspiration for the new homes.
Numerous natural assets within the unique site are set to remain as features amongst the new homes. This includes a rich mature woodland, as well as a series of historic watercourses, including a weir, stream and reservoir, that all once served the workings of the former paper mills.
The development will see a wealth of new amenity, set amongst a rich natural landscape of public open spaces and walking routes that will link into Wolvercote’s village green and draw residents from the village into the new development.
Non-residential components within the development include a new Community Centre, a GP Surgery and provision for commercial units.