A £7.7m infrastructure funding bid for the key link road to support the new 1500-home development at Kingsgrove, Wantage has been supported by the Homes and Community Agency (HCA).
The Government has confirmed Oxfordshire County Council’s and Vale of White Horse District Council’s application for funding in October 2017 to help deliver phase 3 of the Wantage Eastern Link Road, which will provide the main access to the new Kingsgrove development and connect the A338 near Mably Way to the A417 on the eastern side of Wantage. Phase 1 and Phase 2 are already being delivered by St. Modwen under the planning consent.
St. Modwen is developing the 227-acre site, which was granted outline planning permission in July 2015 by the Vale of the White Horse District Council for up to 1,500 homes, a new primary school, a neighbourhood centre including pub/restaurant and local retail accommodation, sports pitches, employment space and community amenities set around a central park.
Rob Draper, Development Director, St. Modwen, said: “Kingsgrove is one of the South-East’s most significant strategic housing projects, and this funding means we can ensure the final phase of the road infrastructure is funded for the later stages of the new homes being developed. We are already on site with road and infrastructure works and housing delivery, with the first phase of 70 homes being built by our multi-award winning house building arm St. Modwen Homes.”
“We also held an exhibition on 3rd February to show our plans for the new neighbourhood centre and community building, which were very well received. The local community was pleased we’d taken on board their comments during our consultation last year and welcomed the proposed larger hall with a community café, additional storage, co-working and meeting spaces.”
St. Modwen will implement the infrastructure works associated with this extensive project and deliver up to half of the 1,500 new homes through, St. Modwen Homes. The rest of the development plots will be released in tranches and sold to other housebuilders for building out.