Merton Close, Eynsham

Cottsway Housing Association
Contract value:
£4.5 million

This scheme of 40 new affordable dwellings for Cottsway Housing Association, on a sensitive rural greenfield ‘exception’ site is one of the largest commissioned under the framework for the Oxford Rural Housing Partnership. The development provides a broad mix of dwelling types and tenure, including a mobility unit, flats, and shared ownership units, all to the latest HCA standards, including Lifetime HomesBuilding for Life, and Secured by Design.

The design aims to create a sense of place through a traditional pattern of streets and public open spaces with parking discreetly integrated between the dwellings, and uses a mixed palette of materials, characteristic of this village, comprising reconstituted stone or brickwork for the external walls, with fibre cement slates, ‘Bradstone’ slates and plain tiles for the roofs.

The scheme achieved Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3, using closed panel timber frame construction, SUDS drainage, together with solar hot water, and PV panels for the flats.

The development was opened on the 10th Anniversary of the Housing Association being formed, by Cottsway’s first Chairman and Former Chair of Cottsway’s Residents’ Forum, Mary Johnson Clarke. The Homes & Communities Agency contributed a £1,940,000 affordable housing grant for the development and Cottsway provided the balance of the funding.