Estate redevelopment project gets £21m funding approval

The redevelopment of the Blackbird Leys housing estate has reached an important milestone, after Oxford City Council approved a £21m budget for the project.

The scheme is being delivered by Oxford City Council and Catalyst, who are consulting with local community and residents of Blackbird Leys to finalise the proposed designs. Further consultation is due to take place later this year and residents will be able to offer feedback on the new development. The final designs will be submitted for planning approval to Oxford City Council in spring 2021.

The latest plans include 287 homes built across two sites in Blackbird Leys, as well as new shops, offices and a village green. Currently, the proposed scheme’s new homes will comprise around 53 per cent for social rent and 22 per cent for shared ownership. The remaining homes will be sold at market value, providing essential funds to ensure the project’s viability.

Philip Jenkins, Group Development Director at Catalyst said: “This funding is vital for this project, which will see the delivery of much needed new affordable housing in Oxford as well as new, high-quality public spaces in the heart of Blackbird Leys. Schemes like this are even more important following the COVID-19 epidemic, and we are determined more than ever to build good quality, new affordable homes to help meet the city’s housing need.”

Councillor Mike Rowley, Cabinet Member for Affordable Housing, said: “Oxford’s housing need is urgent and I’m delighted we can give the go-ahead to this high-quality development, working with a social landlord that already has a stake in the Blackbird Leys community. Despite coronavirus, Oxford City Council continues to do everything we can to meet local people’s needs.”

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More information on the Blackbird Leys Redevelopment
Delivered by a partnership between Oxford City Council and Catalyst housing association, the £100m redevelopment of Blackbird Leys will feature new affordable homes, a new community centre, new shops and new public spaces. Councillors agreed to fund the redevelopment in March, with the final ratification coming earlier this month. For more information visit:

More information on Catalyst
Catalyst is one of the leading housing associations in London and the South East, managing over 34,000 rented and shared-ownership homes, and we are a member of the G15 group of largest housing associations in London.

We are experts housing development, placemaking and building tenure-blind neighbourhoods, with a strategy in place that will see us deliver up to 1,300 homes a year. Our approach to creative design, effective urban planning and high quality development is underpinned by our long-term interest in our neighbourhoods. By adopting a stewardship role, we ensure that the places we help to create are well maintained, look great and remain desirable places to live. A prime example of Catalyst’s work is our flagship regeneration project in North Kensington, Portobello Square.

Catalyst Communities, our social and economic investment arm, helps our communities grow with bespoke neighbourhood strategies that help deliver initiatives such as youth mentoring projects, after school homework programmes, exercise classes and much more. We also deliver an individual offer to our most vulnerable residents, with services such as financial inclusion courses to help people with their money, parenting support classes for young families and employment courses for those out of work.

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For more information, please contact:

Charlotte Stamper – Head of External Affairs
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Calum McConnachie – External Affairs Manager
Calum.McConnachie@chg.org.uk | 020 8832 3139 | 07779 288 489