Oxford

Kevin McCloud's Cowley development approved in U-turn

Barns Road, Cowley
Image caption Residents who move in to the flats in Barns Road will need to be car free

Plans for eco-flats in Oxford led by TV presenter Kevin McCloud have now been recommended for approval.

Councillors at Oxford City Council voted to grant the plans at a meeting on Wednesday. They were previously turned down over parking concerns.

The proposed 40 flats at Barns Road, Cowley will include a workshop for the homelessness charity Emmaus.

A council planning meeting on 5 June approved two developments in Northway and Westlands Drive.

The three developments by the Grand Designs presenter's house-building company, HabOakus will bring a total of 108 flats to the city.

Walls for the eco-homes will be built from Hemcrete, a material made from the hemp plant, and rainwater harvested from the roofs.

It will have a residents' roof garden and now aims to be car free.

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