University gives go-ahead to first joint venture development project

The project is the first to be given the go-ahead to proceed to planning permission under the joint venture partnership established last year between the University and Legal & General Group plc (L&G).

We plan to replace the outdated 1970s two-storey housing and refurbish the Mansion House building to deliver a high quality new graduate community. We hope to get permission for up to 90 new two and three bedroom houses which will be available for graduate families. The expansion of Court Place Gardens will help to meet one of the University’s strategic priorities to increase the amount of accommodation available for its graduate students. It also recognises the increasing demand for accommodation suitable for couples and families.

The proposal will be taken forward by Oxford University Development Ltd (OUD), a company that has been set up as part of the joint venture between the University and L&G.  OUD will design the project in line with the University’s requirements, consult with the local community and statutory authorities and apply for planning permission.  Construction will be overseen by a company owned by L&G.

OUD expects to make a planning application during the summer of 2020 and there will be comprehensive consultation with local residents and other interested parties throughout the planning process. The development is currently expected to be completed by the end of 2022.

For more information about the University’s planning and housing programme, visit the University's Building our Future website or contact the Planning & Housing Strategy team at