THE application to build a 270-home development in Littlemore has been approved by Oxford City Council.

The council’s planning committee voted in favour of the development off Armstrong Road, which will include open space, children’s play areas and car parking.

The site is off the A4074 near Oxford Science Park and the Oxford ring road.

There were concerns about its impact on the infrastructure

There will be 92 two and three storey houses with up to five bedrooms and 178 one and two-bedroom flats will be set out over six apartment blocks of up to four storeys.

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At least 50 per cent of the homes, which will be built by Catalyst, will be affordable.

Ian McDermott, Chief Executive of Catalyst, said: “This is an exciting scheme that’s been in the pipeline for some time and we can’t wait to start construction. Littlemore Park is going to be a great addition to the area, and we are pleased to be adding to Oxford’s much needed development of affordable housing.”

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Eighty per cent of the affordable homes will be at social rent with the remaining 20 per cent shared ownership.

Ben Williamson, Associate Director of PRP, said: "PRP is delighted that Littlemore Park has been granted planning permission by Oxford City Council. Designed around a rich natural landscape the development will provide much needed affordable housing in the city, whilst creating people-friendly streets and open spaces that will encourage a healthy and sustainable neighbourhood."