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Oxford hospital site housing plan approved

Plans drawn up by Linden Homes and Thomas Homes to turn the derelict site of a Victorian hospital in Oxfordshire into a development of 354 homes have been approved.

The Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) and the developers worked together to draw up plans for the site of the Fair Mile Hospital in Cholsey. Around 39% of homes in the new development are intended to be affordable.

South Oxfordshire District Council has granted detailed planning permission, but a section 106 planning gain agreement must now be agreed by the district council and Oxford City Council.

The HCA’s Hospital Sites Programmes aims to use the former locations of 96 hospitals as space for up to 14,000 new homes, including a new development at the Fair Mile site.

The hospital was originally constructed in 1870, but closed in 2003. The main hospital buildings, chapel and lodge house are grade-II listed.

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