BUYERS have started to snap up new homes at Wolvercote's former paper mill site.

The new development on land previously occupied by the Oxford University Press mill attracted lots of attention from potential buyers when doors opened at the end last month and a show home is now being used for marketing.

Wolvercote Mill, where production ceased in 1997, will bring 190 new homes to the area, including 95 private residences.

The two to four-bedroom new homes on the development will be a mix of apartments, townhouses, traditional two-storey and large villa-style homes. CALA Homes will be providing 50 per cent ‘affordable housing’ as well as contributing more that £2m towards local infrastructure and facilities.

The Oxford Times:

More than 200 people attended the launch of the 95 two, three and four-bedroom private homes next to the mill stream in the village of Wolvercote in north Oxford.

Three bedroom homes starts from £695,000 while the four-bedroom houses cost more than £1m.

Iain Powis, from Savills residential development sales team in Oxford, said: “It is a real pleasure to launch Wolvercote Mill.

“A high quality, eco-focused community development in a sought-after village location, the scheme meets market demand in numerous ways.

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“The launch event was hugely positive, attracting hundreds of people and resulting in a number of reservations on the day itself.

“The two-bedroom homes have already been reserved - however there are still three and four-bedroom houses available.”

The Oxford Times:

The opening event hosted by housebuilder CALA Homes, in partnership with Savills Oxford, gave prospective buyers a first glimpse of the site.

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The development is in a historic location - the Oxford University Press paper mill stood from 1720 until 2004.

The scheme makes use of natural assets including mature woodland and water courses, and has an overriding eco-emphasis in its design.

The Oxford Times:

The homes are being built around Mill Square, a new community hub, and walking routes will provide a link between the development and the village. A cycle route will allow easy access into Oxford.

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The mill buildings were demolished in 2004 and developers were granted planning permission by the city council last year following consultation with community groups.