Bulldozers ready for homes demolition

thisisoxfordshire: Luther Court, which is to be demolished next month OX65392 Antony Moore Buy this photo Luther Court, which is to be demolished next month OX65392 Antony Moore

DEMOLITION of city centre homes will start next month for social housing and student accommodation.

Luther Court, which has 56 affordable homes, will be demolished for 42 affordable properties and 82 for Bellerby’s College students.

Oxford City Council gave permission in November 2012 and hoarding has been put around the Thames Street building.

Matthew Solesbury, spokesman for A2Dominion Group, confirmed demolition will begin next month for its £7.5m scheme.

Tony Brett, a councillor for Carfax, said: “It’s good to see that this scheme is going ahead and I look forward to the accommodation it will offer as we are so short of accommodation in our city.

“I’m sure many people have lots of memories in Luther Court and it will have been hard for some to leave but I’m also hopeful that the new accommodation that is built will be a real asset to my constituents in Carfax ward and the city as a whole.”

The development was built about 30 years ago and the homes are mostly single occupancy. The new development will have eight, one-bedroom homes and 35 two-bedroom homes for rent.

The 19 student flats will be for the city college’s foreign students with 76 bedrooms.

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Council head of city development Michael Crofton-Briggs has supported the development.

He said: “The residential development would improve the overall quality of the areas affordable housing stock, in a manner that would provide a suitable level and type of affordable housing that meets the priority need for the city as a whole and also provide good standard living accommodation for future occupants.”

A2Dominion is a not-for-profit organisation and will plough any profits back into providing affordable housing.

The group is one of the country’s leading providers of affordable housing, with 2,500 homes in Oxford and 34,000 homes across London and the South East.

The building work is expected to be complete in August, 2015.

A2Dominion’s commercial planning manager for the South East, Jim Smith, said: “We have been working with Oxfordshire County Council to move previous residents of Luther Court to alternative homes.

“The building is now vacant and we are set to proceed with the planned building work in March 2014.”

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9:24am Wed 19 Feb 14

Bart_simpsonDoh says...

So lets get this right, there were 56 affordable homes, these will now be demolished and replaced by only 42 affordable homes and the rest to University students!!!! How the hell is that right???????? City Council getingt another back hander from the University????
So lets get this right, there were 56 affordable homes, these will now be demolished and replaced by only 42 affordable homes and the rest to University students!!!! How the hell is that right???????? City Council getingt another back hander from the University???? Bart_simpsonDoh
  • Score: 8

10:10am Wed 19 Feb 14

Myron Blatz says...

Bart is so totally on the money - and yet another case of City Council hammering the needs for non-student accommodation, especially the large number of single men under 60 and single women without dependent children for which social housing has increasingly failed to accommodate across Oxford whilst prioritising and encouraging single-parent provision. Another example of bureacratic 'ticking boxes' instead of addressing housing needs of people who are not yet more students pushing-up rents and massively squeezing available accommodation in Oxford - fuelled by the ever-more greedy 'education factories' which have been allowed to sprawl across the City by successive local administrations.
Bart is so totally on the money - and yet another case of City Council hammering the needs for non-student accommodation, especially the large number of single men under 60 and single women without dependent children for which social housing has increasingly failed to accommodate across Oxford whilst prioritising and encouraging single-parent provision. Another example of bureacratic 'ticking boxes' instead of addressing housing needs of people who are not yet more students pushing-up rents and massively squeezing available accommodation in Oxford - fuelled by the ever-more greedy 'education factories' which have been allowed to sprawl across the City by successive local administrations. Myron Blatz
  • Score: 5

11:32am Wed 19 Feb 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Bart_simpsonDoh wrote:
So lets get this right, there were 56 affordable homes, these will now be demolished and replaced by only 42 affordable homes and the rest to University students!!!! How the hell is that right???????? City Council getingt another back hander from the University????
Are you sure that Bellerby's college is linked to the University?

I understood it to be a commercial organisation.
[quote][p][bold]Bart_simpsonDoh[/bold] wrote: So lets get this right, there were 56 affordable homes, these will now be demolished and replaced by only 42 affordable homes and the rest to University students!!!! How the hell is that right???????? City Council getingt another back hander from the University????[/p][/quote]Are you sure that Bellerby's college is linked to the University? I understood it to be a commercial organisation. Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 2

12:22pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Soggybotham says...

"eight, one-bedroom homes and 35 two-bedroom homes for rent"? I make that 43, not 42. Presumably one is not affordable.
"eight, one-bedroom homes and 35 two-bedroom homes for rent"? I make that 43, not 42. Presumably one is not affordable. Soggybotham
  • Score: 0

12:47pm Wed 19 Feb 14

mytaxes says...

I don't trust any of our councillors they will put a spin on anything.
I don't trust any of our councillors they will put a spin on anything. mytaxes
  • Score: 2

3:05pm Wed 19 Feb 14

icba1957 says...

Andrew:Oxford wrote:
Bart_simpsonDoh wrote:
So lets get this right, there were 56 affordable homes, these will now be demolished and replaced by only 42 affordable homes and the rest to University students!!!! How the hell is that right???????? City Council getingt another back hander from the University????
Are you sure that Bellerby's college is linked to the University?

I understood it to be a commercial organisation.
Yes, it's a private college for "international" students, which charges £42,000 for a two-year A-level course!

It would be VERY interesting to hear how much "mitigation" they had to pay to the city council ...

And are we honestly expected to believe A2Dominion are doing this out of the goodness of their hearts?
[quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bart_simpsonDoh[/bold] wrote: So lets get this right, there were 56 affordable homes, these will now be demolished and replaced by only 42 affordable homes and the rest to University students!!!! How the hell is that right???????? City Council getingt another back hander from the University????[/p][/quote]Are you sure that Bellerby's college is linked to the University? I understood it to be a commercial organisation.[/p][/quote]Yes, it's a private college for "international" students, which charges £42,000 for a two-year A-level course! It would be VERY interesting to hear how much "mitigation" they had to pay to the city council ... And are we honestly expected to believe A2Dominion are doing this out of the goodness of their hearts? icba1957
  • Score: 0

5:49pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Isawyoucoming says...

Andrew:Oxford wrote:
Bart_simpsonDoh wrote:
So lets get this right, there were 56 affordable homes, these will now be demolished and replaced by only 42 affordable homes and the rest to University students!!!! How the hell is that right???????? City Council getingt another back hander from the University????
Are you sure that Bellerby's college is linked to the University?

I understood it to be a commercial organisation.
This on top of the 55 rooms being built in mill st for bellerby's.
[quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bart_simpsonDoh[/bold] wrote: So lets get this right, there were 56 affordable homes, these will now be demolished and replaced by only 42 affordable homes and the rest to University students!!!! How the hell is that right???????? City Council getingt another back hander from the University????[/p][/quote]Are you sure that Bellerby's college is linked to the University? I understood it to be a commercial organisation.[/p][/quote]This on top of the 55 rooms being built in mill st for bellerby's. Isawyoucoming
  • Score: 1

4:25pm Thu 20 Feb 14

remberingthe80s says...

For so long the town councilors many of whom are not from Oxford look after the uni and not to the many other people in need. Back handers have always been had.
the question is were are they going to park the two cars for each room this is madness it is about time people who are ftom the twon stood up against the council
For so long the town councilors many of whom are not from Oxford look after the uni and not to the many other people in need. Back handers have always been had. the question is were are they going to park the two cars for each room this is madness it is about time people who are ftom the twon stood up against the council remberingthe80s
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