Pub ‘Eyesore’, student accommodation and new restaurant


The Crown & Thistle pub in Headington. Photo: Ed Nix

PROPOSALS to turn an ‘awful’ pub into homes, new student blocks for university students and affordable homes on a derelict site are among the latest planning applications in Oxford.

• The Crown and the Thistle, Headington

Plans have been submitted to turn a pub that has been closed for over 10 years into up to nine homes.

An application to transform the ‘appalling’ Crown & Thistle pub in Old Road, Headington, has been made to Oxford City Council.

There was a working pub on the site for 400 years until former owner Greene King decided to close it.

Oxford Mail: The Crown &;  Thistle pub in Headington.  Photo: Ed Nix

Oxford Mail: The Crown & Thistle pub in Headington. Photo: Ed Nix

The Crown & Thistle pub in Headington. Photo: Ed Nix

The brewer did not renew its license after deeming the Crown & Thistle “unviable”, with the pub taking the last orders on New Year’s Eve in 2011.

Now an application has been submitted for permission in principle to redevelop the former pub into ‘between five and nine accommodations’.

Reference number: 22/00040/PIP

Read in full: ‘Eyesore’ pub, closed for 10 years, could be turned into homes

• St Hilda’s College, Cowley Place

Revised drawings have been submitted for construction plans for 72 new student rooms in Oxford.

The designs for the proposal for St Hilda’s College were submitted to Oxford City Council on February 15.

Plans to demolish the main’s existing accommodation and remove a gym, car park and storage units were originally proposed last year.

In their place are two student accommodation buildings, accommodation and a gym for the replacement headmaster, and new health and wellness facilities.

Oxford Mail: GV of St Hilda's College, Oxford.  Photo: Ed Nix

Oxford Mail: GV of St Hilda’s College in Oxford. Photo: Ed Nix

GV of St Hilda’s College, Oxford. Photo: Ed Nix

Reference number: 21/01261/FUL

• Green Templeton College, Woodstock Road

An application for the construction of three blocks of student accommodation for 51 students has been submitted.

The comprehensive plans for Green Templeton College in Woodstock Road include the demolition of a current accommodation building, squash courts, a gardener’s shed and an existing gatehouse.

In their place, three accommodation buildings to accommodate 51 students, as well as common areas, will be constructed.

Other key elements of the proposal include: a dining hall and catering service that can accommodate more than 128 diners, a study facility that “matches the demands and requirements of current students”, the repurposing of a tower level I and its transformation into a library, and an application to make a gym a permanent feature.

Reference number: 22/00410/LBC

Read the whole thing: Plans for three new student blocks on Woodstock Road

• Former Dominion Oils site, Railway Lane

A parish council has opposed plans to build 90 houses on a derelict site.

An application for the redevelopment of the former Dominion Oils site at Railway Lane was originally received in April and included plans to provide 50 houses and 40 apartments, 100% of which would be affordable housing.

Littlemore Parish Council (LPC) said in a consulted comment: ‘LPC is very concerned about the proximity of this large development to the Littlemore Conservation Area, particularly in relation to the historic barn, which is located in Railway Lane and will be subject to the large increase in traffic passing along the lane, with associated pollution and vibration.

In addition to the parish council’s objection, revised drawings were also submitted.

Reference number: 21/01176/FUL

Read in full: Parish council opposes affordable housing plan at abandoned site

• New restaurant in Cowley

A new restaurant could be coming to Cowley Road.

Wok ‘N’ Pasta have applied for planning permission to put up a sign for a new restaurant at 183 Cowley Road, directly opposite the O2 Academy.

Plans also include a modern redesign of the storefront and the addition of a new air conditioning unit.

Reference number: 22/00419/FUL

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