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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development

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A £42 million new homes development has been launched in West Oxfordshire by housing group GreenSquare.

The scheme in Whitney will deliver 269 homes for rent, sale, and shared ownership, supported by around £6m from the Homes and Communities Agency.

Spread across nine sites in the district, the development projects include ‘extra care’ housing schemes for older people at Witney and Milton-under-Wychwood - both of which are now on site with contractor Leadbitter.

GreenSquare’s chief executive, Howard Toplis, was joined by the HCA’s Stephanie Ainsworth, cllr Rodney Rose from Oxfordshire County Council, and Cllr Mark Booty from West Oxfordshire District Council at the launch.

Mr Toplis said: “GreenSquare has a long history of working in Oxfordshire, with the origins of our local housing association dating back to the late nineteenth century and around 3000 homes in the county today.

“We’re delighted to now be developing these new homes for rent, sale and shared ownership in West Oxfordshire, helping to meet the very real demand for new homes in the area. In particular we’re excited to be working with our local authority partners and the HCA to deliver these extra care schemes for older people. These brilliant developments will help people aged 55 or above, who need a little extra help, to continue to live independently in their own home.”

Stephanie Ainsworth, area manager for the HCA, said: “Our Affordable Homes Programme will enable almost 1,300 homes to be built in Oxfordshire by spring 2015 for rent and shared ownership, of which more than 400 will be extra care homes for older people. 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.

“GreenSquare is one of the HCA’s key housing providers in Oxfordshire and we look forward to continuing our strong working relationship.”

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