The vision for South Oxhey is of a thriving, successful, new heart of the neighbourhood. The aim of the South Oxhey Initiative is to regenerate the heart of South Oxhey together with three previously unused sites within the community. The project will deliver over 600 new homes and 55,000sqft of retail services, set within a network of attractive high-quality public open spaces.
The new homes will provide a mix of private sale and affordable rent housing, ranging from one, two and three bedroom apartments to four bedroom family houses.
Retail & Commercial space
The plans for retail services include a new vibrant retail space with a larger food store and a mix of other complementary retail units providing good shopping choices. The new shops in South Oxhey will likely include a chemist, dentist and post office, to name a few. In total, around 55,000sqft of new retail and office space will be provided, of which approximately 18,800sqft will be delivered in 2022 for Lidl food store.
The area will benefit from new improved open spaces designed for flexible uses. These will include the enhancement of the existing open space off Henbury Way, improved design for public space outside Carpenders Park train station, new linear open space between Bridlington Road and Henbury Way, and an attractive market square which can be used for community events.
It is envisaged that the market will operate from the current St Andrews Road location until Countryside and Home Group complete a new home for the market in 2020. The proposed new market area is planned for the corner or Fairfield Road and Prestwick Road, next to the new shops, opposite the revamped train station square and current Esso service station. The new South Oxhey market location is designed to be flexible to facilitate the market, occasional events and provide a focal point for the community.
The development will be delivered in three phases. Construction works on Phase 1 (sites at Hallowes Crescent, Maylands Road, Hayling Road/Holmside Rise and ex-car park on corner of Bridlington Road and Oxhey Drive) commenced in autumn 2016, with the first private homes completed in summer 2017. The first social rented homes (on Maylands Road and Hallowes Crescent) completed in early 2018 and it is currently anticipated that the development will complete in 2025.
This exciting collaboration will benefit local residents and the wider community, including employment and training opportunities, and community engagement activities, such as the Community Board.