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West Oxfordshire housing development underway

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has highlighted the launch of a development in West Oxfordshire that will help to provide hundreds of new homes for local residents over the coming years.Focusing on shared ownership, rent and private sale, the project will cover nine sites across the area and deliver a total of 269 new homes once complete.Costing £42.5 million, housing group Green Square has committed to providing a major boost to residential accommodation in the region, with older people set to benefit considerably from the scheme, with many of the new homes targeted specifically at them.Fernleigh at Station Lane in Witney and The Wychwoods at Green Lane in Milton-under-Wychwood are two sites that will be tailored specifically for buyers aged 55 and over, with extra care services available to all residents and the layout of the properties designed to help individuals to stay independent for as long as possible.Stephanie Ainsworth, area manager for the HCA, said: "There is a large demand for this type of housing in West Oxfordshire and the county generally, which is why we are pleased to support schemes of this type where possible."Green Square is one of the HCA's key housing providers in Oxfordshire and we look forward to continuing our strong working relationship."She added the HCA has invested considerable amounts in Oxfordshire through its ongoing Affordable Homes Programme and expects to help build upwards of 1,300 new properties across the county by spring 2015.Officially getting underway on Friday (November 15th), the project saw guests including Ms Ainsworth, councillor Rodney Rose from Oxfordshire County Council, Green Square chief executive Howard Toplis and Mark Booty from West Oxfordshire District Council meet at the entrance to this latest development to unveil a new sign welcoming future residents.The project has come about following the purchase of a number of now defunct Cottsway Housing schemes by Green Square. 

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