Go-ahead for new supported living scheme in Oxford

Plans to create a new 37-bedroom supported living scheme have been given the go-ahead by Oxford City Council.
Rymers Lane
CGI shows the new supported living scheme set for Oxford
Residential property group A2Dominion and Oxford-based developers Cantay Estates Limited submitted the proposals to create the purpose-built building on a derelict site at 2 Rymers Lane in Cowley.

Designed by Neil Clarke Architecture, the development will provide 37 bedrooms across two buildings.

The first will contain 22 bedrooms for people with a range of needs, whilst the second will offer 15 units of move-on accommodation for those with lower support needs, helping them move towards independent living.

Oxford City Council confirmed funding last year of £1.1m to provide services at the facility for up to five years.

Jim Smith, A2Dominion’s Planning Manager, said: “We are very pleased to have been granted planning consent for this development, which we believe makes best use of this brownfield site to create much-needed accommodation for homeless people in Oxford.

“Once built, we will be able to deliver high-quality support services to those living at the scheme to assist them with moving back to living independently within the community.”

The development will provide secure bicycling parking for residents and staff, and landscaped outside spaces with sustainability features including solar panels and rainwater harvesting.

Work is due to start on site in May 2018.