Developers set to press ahead on Nuffield Club housing
9:30am Saturday 27th October 2012 in News
DEVELOPERS hoping to build houses on land forming part of the Lord Nuffield Club site have said they will continue with their plans despite objections.
Cantay Estates has purchased the land and club house with the intention to sell off the building for a free school and building 40 homes on the land.
But Bob Timbs, a former member of the club before it went into receivership, said there had been an attempt to develop the land before.
The former city councillor said: “To try to save the club they asked for planning permission to build a block of flats on that site.
“But Michael Crofton-Briggs, the head of city development, stated to them that under no circumstances would there be any further development on that site.”
Mr Crofton-Briggs said a planning application had not yet been submitted and it would be decided at a later date.
But he added: “There is a policy in the local plan which seeks to protect against the loss of open space.
“I drew the club’s attention to that policy and I would draw anyone else’s attention to it as well.”
The Lord Nuffield Club was founded in 1919 as the Morris Motors Athletic Club.
It went into receivership in 2009 just two years after moving into its newly constructed clubhouse.
The building has stood empty since then but now Cantay Estates has said it is negotiating with the group behind Tyndale Community School which is set to open next September as Oxford’s first free school.
Tony Nolan, of Cantay Estates, said last night: “It doesn’t change our view and we are still aiming to develop the land.
“There is no public access to that field at the moment and we are seeking to bring it into use.”
A planning application for the development is expected to be submitted to the city council in the next few weeks.