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Local Area Guide Oxford Relocate & Renovate

bespoke kitchens and bathrooms and over the last 40 years due to natural growth we have now added bedroom and office furniture to our ranges, as well as extensions and full home refurbishments throughout Oxfordshire and the surrounding areas.

What should be the starting point for someone deciding to overhaul their kitchen space?

The starting point would be to contact our team of designers either by calling the office or visiting our showroom in Oxford where the project can be discussed in more detail. Our team will be able to talk through various design options and you can see our wide range of doors, worktops, tiles and flooring. At this point you can also share any of your own ideas or requirements. From there we would visit your home and create your individual design with CAD drawings to bring the designs to life.

What kind of projects do your team most enjoy working on?

Our team really enjoy projects where we can create added value to our clients,

their families and their homes. This could be by adding more space by way of an extension, better use of existing rooms like bathrooms and kitchens by way of creative designs, or complete refurbishments that bring their home to life.

How have customer demands changed during your time in business?

The increase of IT has provided the ability to create much more realistic drawings in the form of Computer Aided Designs, this in turn gives our clients more opportunity to be involved in these designs which is fantastic. Colours and styles change over time, and seemingly come back around, but there are also the certain designs and colour palates which are always popular regardless of trends.

Could you summarise why Hamptons customers should contact GC Interiors for their property renovation?

We take great pride in our work from initial contact and concept designs through to the completion of the project, we welcome our clients to be part of this journey and feel that communication is key for this. Our designers are extremely innovative and our ability to think outside of the box (or kitchen and bathroom) allows us to provide truly bespoke designs and finishes.

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www.hamptons.co.uk 3 Relocate Welcome to Oxford 6 Why move to Oxford? 8 Pubs & Live Music 14 Local Hotspots 16 Arts 18 Family Days Out 20 Local Schools 22 Local Restaurants 32 Fitness & Health 30

WelcomeA very warm welcome to... Oxford and the surrounding areas from all of us at Hamptons.

You will be moving into one of the most highly regarded areas in Oxfordshire. Desirable homes, tree lined avenues, diverse shops and restaurants and an eclectic, vibrant population. Hamptons has been matching people with property that’s right for them, locally, nationally and internationally, since 1869. We were pioneers, setting standards that few of our rivals could match and this hasn’t changed since.

Today, 150 years after we first set up home in Pall Mall, with 15 decades of finding property and looking after people under our belt, our clients now consider us to be their, ‘home experts’.

Yours sincerely, Heather Roberts, Head of Sales

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Hamptons offers you a warm welcome to Oxford

Congratulations, if you are house hunting in Oxford, you have already won. A home in this great area with all it offers, automatically makes you the envy of many. Now in order to make your transition as smooth and hassle free as possible Hamptons have put together this great guide which will help you choose the best schools, learn a little about planning

and building control, read tips on where to shop, eat and lot’s more, all packed into one little guide with clickable links. Perhaps most importantly we have researched some of the leading local professionals and experts who can help you add value and personalise your soon to be new home.

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“A big WELCOME and enjoy”

A little bit of history

Oxford was originally settled during the Saxon period and had an important trading location on two rivers, the Cherwell and Thames. The University of Oxford began here in the 12th century, which dominated the town for a long period until the Industrial Revolution. Though ‘town and gown’ have had a tumultuous relationship over the centuries, the university gave the city most of its spectacular buildings, including Christ Church Cathedral, the Radcliffe Camera and Tom Tower.

In a city that boasts such a rich history, you’ll be unsurprised to learn that there are lots of different types of properties on the market. From grand, regency style houses to smaller apartments and flats, there’s plenty of choices. Oxford is a surprisingly liveable city, but for those looking for a mix of city and village life, Jericho offers a happy medium with an excellent food scene, while Headington is great for families. Both are just a stone’s throw from central Oxford.


Why move to Oxford?

There’s culture and history all around in Oxford, the city plays host to a plethora of theatres where plays can be taken in, as well as a fantastic selection of shops. Oxford also plays host to several well-stocked libraries, and even a few nature walks or city strolls among the ‘dreaming spires’ or along the river; it may be the Thames, but it’s known as the Isis in these

parts. As well as being famous for its university, the city is also well known for its industries including manufacturing, education and publishing. Some of the most influential books in the world were published in Oxford.

From larger chains to smaller, independent retailers, there’s something for everyone on Oxford’s

High Street. The upgraded Westgate Centre reopened to great fanfare in 2017 and includes 100 new shops including a John Lewis department store, a variety of cafés and restaurants, a cinema and multi-storey parking. There is also excellent shopping in the city centre along Cornmarket Street, the High Street and Queen Street.

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Ideal living

Mixing both the ancient and the modern, Oxford has been home to royalty and scholars for over 800 years.

With one of the oldest and most famous universities in the world, Oxford thrives in the education and academic sectors. It’s also become quite the cosmopolitan destination and is home to a growing hi-tech community.

A vibrant and diverse city, Oxford hosts a range of support groups and charities that encourage togetherness within the community, to ensure the city has something of benefit to everyone.

So if you’re thinking of relocating to this city, here’s everything you need to know about living and working in Oxford. The community benefits from close links to Reading and London, with the capital being just 45 minutes by car. Oxford boasts two rail stations, with regular train timetables seven days a week.

If you’re driving and parking around Oxford, you’re advised to use one of the four park and ride car parks located around its ring road. Each has a bus service taking you straight to the City Centre every 15-20 minutes.

Home to one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world. One of the most beautiful urban landscapes in Europe.


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Famous Residents

Oxford and the surrounding area has been a home to rockstars, celebrities, athletes, academics, artists and common or garden members of the upper-crust for generations.

Here are a few notable names...

Tim Henman, Tennis Player Yasmin Le Bon, Model

Hugh Laurie CBE

Actor, Director, Musician, Comedian & author.

Stephen Hawkins Theoretical physicist, Cosmologist and Author

Charlotte Johnson Wahl Mother of Prime Minister, Boris Johnson

Jamie Laing Television Personality and Actor

Miriam Margoyles OBE British-Australian Actress

Sophie The Countess of Wessex Married to Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex

Jane Moore Journalist, Author and Television Presenter

Theo James Actor

Jonny Greenwood Guitarist, Banjoist, Composer, Actor, Songwriter

David Oyelowo British Actor

Lucy Gordon Actress

Emily Berrington


Mark Lester Actor

Sebastian de Souza Actor

Dexter Blackstock Footballer striker

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Interview with G C Interiors

Please tell us a little about the background of GC Interiors Limited?

GC Interiors was formed in 1978 by the current owner Gareth Chalmers.

The business started out supplying and installing luxury bespoke kitchens and bathrooms and over the last 40 years due to natural growth we have now added bedroom and office furniture to our ranges, as well as extensions and full home refurbishments throughout Oxfordshire and the surrounding areas.

What should be the starting point for someone deciding to overhaul their kitchen space?

The starting point would be to contact our team of designers either by calling the office or visiting our showroom in Oxford where the project can be discussed in more detail. Our team will be able to talk through various design options and you can see our wide range of doors, worktops, tiles and flooring. At this point you can also share any of your own ideas or requirements. From there we would visit your home and create your individual design with CAD drawings to bring the designs to life.

What kind of projects do your team most enjoy working on?

Our team really enjoy projects where we can create added value to our clients,

their families and their homes. This could be by adding more space by way of an extension, better use of existing rooms like bathrooms and kitchens by way of creative designs, or complete refurbishments that bring their home to life.

How have customer demands changed during your time in business?

The increase of IT has provided the ability to create much more realistic drawings in the form of Computer Aided Designs, this in turn gives our clients more opportunity to be involved in these designs which is fantastic. Colours and styles change over time, and seemingly come back around, but there are also the certain designs and colour palates which are always popular regardless of trends.

Could you summarise why Hamptons customers should contact GC Interiors for their property renovation?

We take great pride in our work from initial contact and concept designs through to the completion of the project, we welcome our clients to be part of this journey and feel that communication is key for this. Our designers are extremely innovative and our ability to think outside of the box (or kitchen and bathroom) allows us to provide truly bespoke designs and finishes.

Our showroom is open and our
are ready to discuss your
Please email enquiries@gcinteriors.co.uk or call us on 01865 952 998
new project.

Pubs & Live Music

Sandy’s Piano Bar

Sandy’s Piano is a new late-night bar with live music every night. At Sandy’s Piano & Wine Bar, We will be focusing on quality wines and cocktails along with live music every night. With a late licence into the night, Sandy’s accommodates for the drinkers and party goers who don’t want to go to a student bar or nightclub. At Sandy’s you can still get a quality bottle of wine or well made cocktail without shouting over the music. Situated right in the middle of town, we hope to have a beneficial influence on Oxford.

4 King Edward St, Oxford OX1 4HS. www.sandyspianobar.co.uk/

The Jericho Tavern

Take the best in British pub culture, top it off with individuality, vintage character and an off-beat edge - The Jericho Tavern is what you’ll get. An irresistible fusion of fantastically tasty food, awesome drinks and lively atmosphere await you at this laid-back Oxford local. We are the very definition of urban cool, mixing a stylish contemporary bar, classic pub features and a handful of quirky touches. Pop out the back and you’ll discover the pub’s best-kept secret - its spacious beer garden, a rare treat for a city pub and an ideal spot to take time out.

56 Walton St, Oxford OX2 6AE. 01865 311775 www.thejerichooxford.co.uk/

The Bullingdon

Celebrating over 20 years of Gigs, Clubs and live performance - showcasing Local, National and International touring acts - and some of the scenes leading DJ’s. A cocktail bar with over 135 yrs of history, 40+ cocktails, a selection of wines, craft beers and artisan coffee available to take away. Open from 4pm daily.

162 Cowley Rd, Oxford OX4 1UE. www.thebullingdon.co.uk/

The Library

We are an independent Pub and music venue on Oxfords Cowley Road, serving up craft beers, wood fired pizzas and local ales. Our draught and bottle/can selection regularly changes so there’s always something new on offer.

182 Cowley Rd, Oxford OX4 1UE. 01865 241776 www.thelibrarypuboxford.com/

Oxford Blue

Welcome to the Oxford blue, a community pub for the 21st century. A place to meet, a place to eat, a place to work. Local beers, great wines and locally sourced produce supporting local businesses. Community pub and restaurant with quirky freshly made food, local beers and extensive wine

32 Marston St, Oxford OX4 1JU. 01865 953282 www.oxfordblue.co.uk/

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“Wet your whistle”

Hanks Bar

Hanks was born from a dream of delivering the good things in life. Great drinks, great food, great fun, late nights. We want to offer a place where memories of the best nights out are created, talked about for years and fondly recalled; where you go for one drink after work and end up staying all night; where the food is deliciously simple, the drinks exceptional and the people are everything.

36 37Queen Street, Oxford OX1 1PA. 01865 242192 www.hanksbar.co.uk/

The Mad Hatter

Welcome to The Mad Hatter’s Speakeasy Cocktail Bar. Serving unique cocktails, New World wines, European brews and The Hatters own molecular creations. The Hatter promises the maddest of the tea parties with live music and entertainment into the early hours. Leave your troubles outside, here a show awaits you!!

43 Iffley Rd, Oxford OX4 1EA. 01865 604959 www.themadhatteroxford.com/

The Harcourt Arms

A charming pub in the back streets of fashionable Jericho, The Harcourt Arms is something of a throwback to simpler times. You’ll find no pool table, juke box or television here; instead, enjoy cracking real ales, open fires and the lost art of good conversation.

Cranham Terrace, Oxford OX2 6DG. 01865 556669 www.harcourtarmsjericho.co.uk/

The Cape of Good Hope

Should you wish to wet your whistle in Oxford you could hardly have a wider choice. ‘Old school’ inns and taverns, cocktail bars, live music venues, gastropubs, they all abide aplenty in Oxford. Here are a few suggestions but the best way to find your ‘local’ is surely to take the air and simply explore.


Take the best in British pub culture, top it off with individuality, vintage character and an off-beat edge - The Cape of Good Hope is what you’ll get. An irresistible fusion of fantastically tasty food, awesome drinks and lively atmosphere await you at this laid-back Oxford local.

Iffley Rd, The Plain, Oxford OX4 1EA. 01865 262291 www.thecapeofgoodhopeoxford.co.uk/#/


Local Hotspots

Enjoy an artisan coffee, while exploring great fashion boutiques right in the picturesque heart of Oxford!

Opera Café

When we opened our doors in 2015, we had one simple goal: to bring the wonderful Mediterranean flavours to Oxford. Soon, Opera Cafe was buzzing like a Moroccan souk with the smells and flavours of different cuisines seeping through our streets. At Opera, we only use local coffee roasters, the best ingredients and everything is prepared freshly for you. In addition to our classic red lentil soup, exceptionally delicious Baklava, and heart-warming mint tea, we keep surprising our guests with new cakes and vegan wrap creations.

31 Walton St, Oxford OX2 6AA. 01865 236140 www.operacafeoxford.co.uk/

Missing Bean

Vaults & Garden

The Vaults and Garden was established by William Pouget with the vision of creating a socially positive café hub built on the principle of ecological sustainability. To achieve this we have focused on: ‘Sourcing local, organic and ethically produced goods and ingredients’

University Church, 1 Radcliffe Sq, Oxford OX1 4AH. 01865 279112 www.thevaultsandgarden.com/ Brew

Serving up coffee from espresso to pourover as well perfectly infused teas and home-made cakes. We also stock coffee to buy from all over the world as well as everything you need to make the perfect cup of coffee at home.

75B Banbury Rd, Park Town, Oxford OX2 6PE www.brewoxford.co.uk/

We love coffee. Everything about coffee. From sourcing the best ethical coffee beans from sustainable farms around the world and carefully roasting to draw out their unique flavours. Through to making the perfect cup of coffee for the hardworking people who support us. We went from being the first independently owned coffee shop in central Oxford, to a proud member of Oxford’s ever growing coffee scene.

14 Turl St, Oxford OX1 3DQ. 01865 794886 www.themissingbean.co.uk/

Society Café

Society’s ‘urban living space’ is designed with all of us in mind. Come park your bike, buggy, dog. Come with friends, to maybe make new ones or come alone for some solitude and people-watching. Come drink some perfectly prepared coffee, exquisite tea or hot chocolate made from chunks of the real thing. Come have delicious cake, homemade granola with yoghurt and compote, fresh sandwiches and healthy treats for children.

12-16 St Michael’s St, Oxford OX1 2DU. 01865 425750 www.society-cafe.com/

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Olivia May

We showcase unique international designers where each designer has been selected out of an appreciation for the skill, expertise and creativity they bring to their clothes. We also stock a range of shoes, jewellery, and accessories. Offering a typical boutique environment, you can enjoy our collections first hand enjoying over 1000 pieces catered for artistic influence and creative flair. Book an appointment via telephone or in-store at one of our Styling Sunday events held once a month - exclusive seminar type sessions sharing expert styling advice from the best in the fashion industry and complimentary styling consultations.

31 Little Clarendon St, Oxford OX1 2HU. 01865 515336 www.oliviamay.org/

Sahara Boutique

Our light and airy Oxford boutique is situated on the High Street, with the city’s famous University Colleges as its neighbours. There’s history around every corner in Oxford, and you’ll find the University Church of St Mary just moments from our store, while The Radcliffe Camera, Sheldonian Theatre and Bridge of Sighs are all nearby. Visit Sahara Oxford to enjoy relaxed, personal service from our team of style advisors.

46 High St, Oxford OX1 4AP. 01865 241484 www.saharalondon.com/

Rainbow and Spoon Boutique

Life Is Too Short To Wear Boring Clothes. Looking for something stylish, affordable and a little out of the ordinary? Then you’ve found it! A visit to Rainbow and Spoon Boutique in Oxford is just the thing. We offer an extensive range of clothing and accessories for women, ethically sourced from around the globe to bring you your own signature style with exclusive items and brands you simply won’t see anywhere else.

Rainbow and Spoon Boutique, 22 Park End St, Oxford OX1 1HU. 01865 723492 www.rainbowandspoon.co.uk/

Charles Tyrwhitt

Charles Tyrwhitt is the UK’s largest purveyor of fine shirts. We use the finest quality materials and ensure every detail is secondto-none. Every shirt is made of luxurious 100% cotton, with crisp collars & cuffs and durable twin-needle stitching.

Unit SU L22, 111 The Westgate, Queen St, Oxford OX1 1PB. 01865 707707 www.charlestyrwhitt.com/uk/

Mint Velvet

Co-founders (and good friends) Liz, Lisa and Jane came up with the idea for Mint Velvet in 2009, over cups of fresh mint tea at Liz’s kitchen table. After years of not finding what they wanted to wear on the high street, they had outgrown fast fashion and wanted luxurious, effortless pieces they could just slip on, nodding to the trends in a relaxed way: the concept of Relaxed Glamour was born. 13 years on, we’re known for our easy shapes, beautiful prints and flattering fits, all with thoughtful finishing touches – after all, it’s the little things that make life lovely, so you should never underestimate the power of a great outfit on a bad day.

141 Queen St, Oxford OX1 1PB. 01865 726092 www.mintvelvet.co.uk/pages/store-locator

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Interview with Stella Mannering

What are the main steps from initial consultation to completion?

After an initial consultation and property visit, the brief is drawn up and agreed with the client, followed by space planning and design development of each room.

What skill sets make you the right choice for Hamptons clients?

By drawing on our considerable experience and knowledge we can create and deliver bespoke, hand-crafted, custom fitted elegance for every client. Our sourcing skills and comprehensive in-house product library ensures we can locate contemporary or traditional furniture, fabrics from the finest international design houses, architectural paint or designer wallpapers – the sum of which gives your home a perfectly tailored style. With a confident ‘hands on’ approach we guide our clients smoothly through each stage of their project - efficiently managing all aspects of works and installation to a successful conclusion.

Do you have a particular style that you’re known for or can you adapt to anything?

Our style is best described as contemporary classic. We take our lead from the client’s brief and work in close harmony to formulate, adapt and deliver a scheme - every project has a unique outcome, but always with the intrinsic commonality of comfort and elegance.

The research stage is next - to source and select all the materials such as lighting, furniture and in the latter stages the finishing touches for example cushions, artwork and vases. The final delivery stage is when the dream becomes reality with everything expertly installed. We proceed on a step by step basis at each stage, to allow flexibility and adhering to budgets. Close communication with the client, suppliers and contractors is key, ensuring each design remains fluid until completion.

What would be your dream commission?

A complete renovation and refurbishment of any type of house – from concept to completion. This allows me to fully employ my passion for architecture and interior design to create and influence from the very beginning a personalised, striking and tailor-made home.

Tell us a little about the background of your interior design business?

My lifelong passion for colour, rich textures and beautiful fabrics began in my formative years. I was born and raised in Portugal and later moved to Paris, so my designs often incorporate a European flavour. The Stella Mannering & Company philosophy is simple yet defines everything we do – your house should be a beautiful sanctuary and a joy to come home to.

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Oxford Arts

Oxford Playhouse

Oxford Playhouse is a theatre for everyone. Oxford Playhouse and its Burton Taylor Studio present and produce a wide range of live performance. Our programme includes the best of British and international drama, family shows, contemporary dance and music, student and amateur shows, comedy, lectures and poetry. The Playhouse produces and tours its own shows, hosts Artists in Residence and presents Playhouse Plays Out, an ongoing series of off-site events which happen at locations across the county. Oxford Playhouse is committed to delivering this artistic vision of being a Playhouse for everyone, inspiring people and transforming lives by cultivating and championing creativity - on our stages, in our communities 1-12 Beaumont St, Oxford OX1 2LW. 01865 305305 www.oxfordplayhouse.com/

Phoenix Picturehouse

Picturehouse is a leading UK film company incorporating cinema, distribution and home entertainment. At Picturehouse, we love cinemas. Nestled in the heart of their neighbourhoods, each of our cinemas are distinct, full of personality and run by welcoming and attentive staff. We don’t just screen excellent films. We provide places to eat, meet and relax, and host a busy calendar of events for everyone to explore. If you love opera or theatre, we screen it live and direct from stages around the world. If you’re all about superhero films, come to one of our stateof-the-art screens and get yourself a large popcorn.

57 Walton St, Oxford OX2 6AE. 020 7326 2649 www.picturehouses.com/cinema

Why not enjoy a night at one of the great theatres spotted around Oxford!

The North Wall Arts Centre Oxford

The North Wall Arts Centre is a flexible, multi-purpose arts complex which contains a theatre, drama studio, dance studio and art gallery. The North Wall runs a busy programme of professional theatre, dance, music and arts events, and is also home to the Drama Department of St Edward’s School during term time. Spaces are also available to hire. Use the menu to find out more about each space, including hire fees and technical specifications.

S Parade, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7JN. 01865 319450 www.thenorthwall.com/

Old Fire Station

The Old Fire Station is a centre for creativity in Oxford housing two organisations: the homelessness charity Crisis and Arts at the Old Fire Station (AOFS). We share our building. AOFS encourages people from all backgrounds to understand and shape the world in which we live through stories, creativity and the arts, and by connecting with others. ART IS FOR EVERYONE. EVERYONE HAS POTENTIAL.

40 George St, Oxford OX1 2AQ. 01865 263980 www.oldfirestation.org.uk/

Corn Exchange

The Corn Exchange Wallingford is a volunteer run entertainment venue for Wallingford and the surrounding areas. It provides drama, art, music, and the latest cinema releases in a friendly, welcoming and relaxed environment. The Grade II listed Corn Exchange building dating from 1856 is now owned by the Sinodun Players who bought the derelict building in 1975 and set about converting it into a 175-seat theatre and cinema. After an incredible amount of effort from many enthusiastic volunteers, it was officially opened by Sir Peter Hall (the then director of the National Theatre) in December 1978.

Market Pl, Wallingford OX10 0EG. 01491 825000 www.cornexchange.org.uk/

The Ultimate Picture Palace

The UPP is Oxford’s only independent cinema and one of the oldest cinemas in the UK. We show a mix of independent, mainstream, international, and classic films all in our cosy single-screen auditorium. Find us just off the Cowley Road in East Oxford.

Jeune St, Cowley Rd, Oxford OX4 1BN. 01865 245288 www.uppcinema.com/

The Theatre at Headington

Our striking, modern Theatre with its distinct, contemporary design provides an ideal performance space for many spectacular school productions throughout the year. Together with the Music School and Art School, the Theatre, built in 2002, is located behind the School’s west wing and forms part of our arts complex. In addition to providing the perfect setting for performances by our own talented students, the Theatre plays host to a number of visiting theatre companies during the holidays.

Headington School, Headington Rd, Headington, Oxford OX3 7TD. 01865 759138 www.headington.org/senior/facilities/ theatre

Kenton Theatre

Situated in the centre of Henley-onThames, the Kenton Theatre is the fourth-oldest working theatre in the UK and a registered charity. Seating 240, the theatre today offers a varied programme of comedy, drama, music, talks and more – as well as being available for hire. The theatre is home to annual performances from Henley Amateur Operatic and Drama Society (HAODS), Henley Children’s Theatre, Henley Drama Festival, Henley Literary Festival, Henley Players, Henley Youth Festival, Mike Hurst, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO), Woodley Light Operatic Society, amongst others.

19 New St, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2BP. 01491 525050 www.kentontheatre.co.uk/


Family days out

Oxford is a great destination for a family trip offering entertainment for kids of all ages. We’ve picked some of the most popular family-friendly things to do and sorted them into a handy list.

Modern Art Oxford

Modern Art Oxford is one of the UK’s leading contemporary art spaces. Our programmes offer opportunities for all for inspirational exchange and creative participation, both in person and online. Visiting with kids? This summer there are creative activities for all ages to explore at the gallery. From potato printing and soap carving in our free Thursday afternoon drop-ins, to our interactive Family Activity Backpack available for free when you visit, there’s so much to discover.

30 Pembroke St, Oxford OX1 1BP. 01865 722733 www.modernartoxford.org.uk/

Carfax Tower

The tower is all that remains of the 13th century St Martin’s Church, the official city church of Oxford from 1122. In 1896, the main part of the church was demolished to make more room for traffic in the area. The tower is 74 feet tall and no building in central Oxford may be constructed higher than it. As such, it’s possible to climb the 99 steps to the top of the tower for an amazing view over the Oxford skyline. Hop off the Open Top Bus at Stop 7 to visit us!

Queen St, Oxford OX1 1ET. 01865 792653 www.citysightseeingoxford.com/carfaxtower/

Port Meadow, Oxford

Port Meadow is one of the largest open spaces in the north of city (136.9ha). With the River Thames flowing through the heart of the meadow the flood plains are home to many species of cattle, horses and wildfowl. Port Meadow and Wolvercote Common are a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), a Scheduled Ancient Monument and together with the nearby Yarnton and Pixey Mead a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) under the European Habitats Directive Walton Well Rd, Oxford OX2 6ED. www.oxford.gov.uk/info/20003/

South Park

South Park is a park on Headington Hill in east Oxford, England. It is the largest park within Oxford city limits. A good view of the city centre with its historic spires and towers of Oxford University can be obtained at the park’s highest point, a favourite location for photographers. Open green space over 50 acres with paths and children’s playground, plus views over the city. Oxford OX3 0HS. 01865 249811 www.oxford.gov.uk/

Oxford Botanic Garden

Oxford Botanic Garden is the UK’s oldest botanic garden and occupies a worldclass position in terms of its history and academic location. Founded in 1621 the Garden is committed to educating people about the importance of plants, to help conserve plants from around the world, and to support teaching and research within the University and beyond. Harcourt Arboretum was acquired by the University of Oxford in 1947 and has been part of Oxford Botanic Garden since 1963. It contains the best collection of trees in Oxfordshire including some of the world’s rarest species, set within 130 acres of historic picturesque landscape.

Rose Lane, Oxford OX1 4AZ. 01865 610300 www.obga.ox.ac.uk/visit-garden

Florence Park

Florence Park is a stunning park with lots of beautiful flowerbeds and a tree avenue. It is in East Oxford, five minutes’ walk from Cowley Road and Templars Square. The park is proud to fly its Green Flag Award. The Green Flag is the standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales, awarded by Keep Britain Tidy. It is a means of recognising and rewarding the best green spaces in the country.

94 Cornwallis Rd, Oxford OX4 3PW. 01865 249811 www.oxford.gov.uk/

Blenheim Palace

Lots to see and do, both indoors and outdoors, for all the family. Home of the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. There is so much to explore from tours to trails and even a butterfly house, there is fun for everyone. Please visit our website to discover all events and plan your visit with us. Woodstock OX20 1PP. 01993 810530 www.blenheimpalace.com/

The Story Museum

The Story Museum is a most unusual museum in the heart of Oxford. Oxford’s magical museum for all ages with 1001 great stories and a surprise around every corner. Enter a mysterious indoor forest where every tree has a story to tell and a secret to reveal, or you could Experience a library like no other. Where else can you wander between the shelves and find yourself inside a story?

42 Pembroke St, Oxford OX1 1BP. 01865 790050 www.storymuseum.org.uk/


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If you need advice or mind put at rest we offer free a consultation to help you make a decision with the most reliable outcome and quality with value that you deserve.

Commercial Services

Oxford Property Maintenance diligently undertake repair and upkeep of customers’ properties. We can provide building, plumbing and electrical services on either a job by job basis or on a contractual plan whether for purely preventative maintenance, remedial restoration, planned upgrade or emergency call outs.

Domestic Services

We work in all sizes and types of domestic building and property maintenance. We also specialise in wetrooms, accessible showers and other disabled additions and modifications.

Largest Skillsest

We cover a wide range of skills including building, plumbing, electrical, heating, carpentry and decorating giving us the capability to handle all types of project and be a single point of call for all construction and maintenance work in the Oxford area.

Oxford Property Maintenance provide high quality maintenance for keeping buildings, shops, or equipment in good repair.

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Local Schools

Where our children spend most of their week and how they are being educated is a decision which should take some serious consideration. We have put together this list of suggestions to make your life a little bit easier. Many local schools and nurseries offer free tours so please go and visit your choice options before making that final important decision.

Oxford High Schools

We are part of the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST), the leading network of independent girls’ schools in the UK with nearly 20,000 students between the ages of three and 18. Founded in 1872, the GDST has a long history of pioneering innovation in the education of girls, and is the largest single educator of girls in the UK.

Belbroughton Rd, Oxford OX2 6XA. 01865 559888 www.oxfordhigh.gdst.net/

Dragon School Dragons past and present feel a sense of service and philanthropy; this sense of responsibility for the world around them is at the core of the School’s ethos and drives forward creative thinking and innovation in all areas of community life. Our community is enriched by every child whether they are a boarder or day pupil, from overseas or live close by. We are a diverse and inclusive organisation and value the richness that each individual brings.’

The Dragon School, Bardwell Rd, Oxford OX2 6SS. 01865 315400 www.dragonschool.org/

Magdalen College School

Perennially outstanding annual results at A Level and GCSE are just one element of our academic reputation. Around 25% of our Sixth Form gain offers for Oxford and Cambridge, and almost all pupils go on to prestigious universities in the UK and abroad. We achieve all this not by teaching to the curriculum, but by reaching far beyond it.

Cowley Pl, Oxford OX4 1DZ. 01865 242191 www.mcsoxford.org/


We have been described as “a school of energy, laughter and achievement” and that’s true – but d’Overbroeck’s is also a school where people matter and where we want everyone to thrive. A successful education to us is also a happy one where you can grow and be your own person. We are Oxford’s only fully co-educational independent school from age 11 through to Sixth Form. Our aim is for every one of our students to meet his or her personal potential. That journey begins in Year 7 (or in Year 9 for those joining us from Prep schools), where this potential is identified, challenged and given every opportunity to grow.

333 Banbury Rd, Oxford OX2 7PL. 01865 688600 www.doverbroecks.com/

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St Edward’s School Oxford Teddies is a fully co-educational boarding and day school, with a wide range of pupils from around the country and 18% joining us from 40 different countries outside the UK. We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries. Being co-ed is important to us. Not only does it represent life beyond the school gates, but we feel it contributes to the inclusive and friendly community that brings our pupils, parents, Governors, staff, and the local community together. We reinforce this by enabling pupils to volunteer regularly in the community of north Oxford.

Woodstock Rd, Oxford OX2 7NN. 01865 319204 www.stedwardsoxford.org/

The Cherwell School

An excellent and popular state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18. 01865 558719 head@cherwell.oxon.sch.uk www.cherwell.oxon.sch.uk

Summer Fields School

We are a full-boarding and day school for boys aged 4-13, situated in a prime location in the heart of Oxford and within easy reach of London and several airports. We have 70 acres of beautiful grounds, and the boys take full advantage of this exceptionally pleasant environment. At Summer Fields we nurture the boys academically, morally, spiritually, and culturally to develop their confidence and sense of independence. In doing so, we help them to discover talents, interests and values that not only prepare them for the next stage of their education, but which stay with them for life. Summer Fields has an outstanding record of winning awards and scholarships to top public schools like Eton, Harrow, Radley, Stowe and Winchester, among others. This success is dependent upon dedicated teachers who inspire the boys to work with enthusiasm and enjoyment.

Mayfield Rd, Oxford OX2 7EN. 01865 454433 www.summerfields.com/

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Building clients’ dreams

Interview with Matthew McGill of Clarus Construction Ltd.

1. Tell us a little about the background of Clarus Construction

I decided to set up my own company after gaining many years of experience within the construction industry as a Senior Project Manager.

Within this role I oversaw the building of various developments, from multimillion pound homes to developments of apartments. My involvement in these projects was from the initial pre development planning right up to welcoming the client into their new home. This has meant I have worked with the Planning Authorities and Building Control, as well as working alongside architects and engineers.

2. What are the most in demand services you offer?

Since Covid people are very keen to upgrade their existing properties to create an ambient living space and to maximise the p roperty potential. We have been involved in various projects, from creating new kitchen and living spaces to fully completing new bui lds. We have completely redesigned and built older buildings to bring them up to today ’s design trends of open plan living, upgrading the insulation quality and fitting underfloor heating.

We prefer to be involved from research and design to support the client to achieve their project’s full potential. However, we are happy to be involved from any phase in the process. We ensure all our projects are finished to a high standard and we are committed to ensuring the whole process is as stress free as possible for the client

3. What modifications would you suggest create the most added value on a property?

Extra bedrooms and separate office/hobbies room are always a good investment. Modifying to open plan living is also very popu lar and is an instant hit when selling a property.

With energy prices on the rise I think people will be looking at the running cost of houses, so subsequently energy efficienc y and insulation has become an important factor.

4. What are your favourite type of projects?

I feel a sense of accomplishment with each project that is completed, especially the more challenging ones like Station Appro ach Clarus Construction are happy to take on projects from extensions to full house renovations and new build homes. We are only too hap py to liaise with architects and other professional bodies to make your vision a reality.

5. Tell us about a project you're particularly proud of I project managed a development at Station Approach in Marlow, consisting of three 2 bedroom houses, eight 2 bedroom apartments and one 1 bedroom apartment. The ‘Old Coal Yard' design was based on the concept of converted industrial Victorian railway buildings, but with a modern residential twist. The completed build demonstrates the high level of finish and detail that we pride ourselves on. Clarus Construction are always content come the end of a build with the knowledge that the clients’ dreams have been fulfilled.

Telephone 01865 608518 www.clarusconstruction.co.uk info@clarusconstruction.co.uk

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www.hamptons.co.uk 33 Building clients’ dreams Station Approach, Marlow Blackthorn, Oxfordshire Telephone 01865 608518 www.clarusconstruction.co.uk info@clarusconstruction.co.uk Before After A family run construction company with 15 years experience in the building industry. We pride ourselves on our personalised service, focused on delivering quality to each of our clients. Clarus delivers stress free construction services and ensures customer satisfaction on every build.

Fitness & Health

Leading a hectic life? Need somewhere to tone your body, recharge your muscles or simply stretch? We have put together the best locations for you to do just that. Whether you fancy going for a swim or need regular fitness classes, we know that our recommended providers will do their best to keep you in shape.

Buzz Gym Oxford Westgate

Buzz is a premium friendly gym with a great atmosphere at a price everyone can afford. We strive to be seen as “not just another boring gym”, and our lively, motivational and welcoming team provide an atmosphere that is loved by everyone from gym novices to more advanced gym users and athletes. Each Buzz Gym has been designed by with our members in mind featuring dedicated training zones to help you hit your goals. Join the buzz at our 18,000 square foot fitness club on the rooftop of the Westgate Shopping Centre in the heart of Oxford City Centre.

Westgate Shopping Centre, Queen St, Oxford OX1 1NZ. 01865 570310 www.buzzgym.co.uk/oxford/

Viavi:be Health Gym Oxford Summertown

Join our growing community who are achieving remarkable results, whether managing health issues, avoiding future problems, improving resilience, becoming stronger or simply just feeling great. From clinical exercise to yoga, gut biome testing and infra-red saunas to physiotherapy, this is your complete solution under one roof. Created by leading UK Clinicians – specially designed to help you become the real you, again.

228 Banbury Rd, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7BY. 01865 689214 www.viavi-be.com/

Fit Gym


Newly Refurbished 30,000 soft gym with State of the art equipment and a dedicated Ladies Only Gym based on our 2nd floor. From Les Mills Body Combat, to Zumba, we’ve got loads of classes to choose from. There is also a mixed Sauna and Steam Room with a dedicated Ladies Only Sauna located in the female changing rooms.

21 Templars Square, Oxford OX4 3UZ. 01865 711333 www.feelfitgym.com/

Every Body Studio

Every Body Studio is a body positive and supportive yoga and movement studio. Yoga studios and other wellness settings are often intimidating, but we are devoted to making a different kind of space - virtually and inperson - that is rooted in inclusion, which embraces and encourages diverse practices, bodies and people. All our teachers have undergone or are in the process of inclusion and diversity training. We aim to make our classes as accessible, our space as welcoming and our practice, whether it be yoga, barre, pilates or anything else, as fun as possible.

9a, Newtec Place, Magdalen Rd, Oxford OX4 1RE. www.everybodystudio.co.uk/

Prana Yoga Oxford

A beautiful, community-focused yoga studio. Practice with us at our spacious and airy studio or online. We also offer Pregnancy and postnatal yoga classes 2x a week in studio and online. From meditation, handstands, yoga groove, we have a variety of additional one-off classes and workshops.

85 Walton St, Oxford OX2 6EA. 01865 556104 https://www.pranayogaoxford.com/

Juvenate Health Club Oxford

The Juvenate Health & Leisure club in Oxford has a fully equipped and air-conditioned gym. The club offers an Indoor splash pool, sauna and steam room. Take a look at our fantastic newly refurbished fitness facilities offering you quality gym facilities at affordable prices.

Godstow Road, Oxford OX2 8AL. 01865 489988 www.juvenatehealthandleisure.com/

Pop-up Pilates

At Pop-up Pilates, our physiotherapy knowledge, expertise and training underpin everything we do. As physiotherapists we are movement specialists. Each Pilates class is bespoke and tailored to the individuals in it. Each course is different and progressive, helping you build on your ability week on week, session by session. You can be sure of a personalised approach, and quality expert instruction.

56 Weyland Rd, Headington, Oxford OX3 8PD. 07731 321991 www.pop-up-pilates.com/

PureGym Oxford Central

Take a big leap towards achieving your fitness goals by joining our great-value gym in Oxford town centre where everyone and every body is welcome. Whether you’re just looking to shift a few pounds, tone up or develop a peak physique we have everything you need to hit your targets, all with no contract.

LittleGate House, 16-17 Saint Ebbe’s St, Oxford OX1 1PT. www.puregym.com/gyms/oxford-c


Local Restaurants

The Ivy Oxford Brasserie

Located among the city’s must-see sights, The Ivy Oxford Brasserie is the perfect location for visitors and locals alike to enjoy relaxed, sophisticated all-day dining. From modern British cuisine, café-style classics and fantastic vegan and vegetarian dishes, this really is one of the best places to eat in Oxford. The main restaurant offers a haven from the everyday bustle. Sumptuous ArtDeco detail, marble floors and striking burnt orange banquettes let you relax in style, while our elegant private room is perfect for bigoccasion dining, celebration birthdays and stylish working lunches. 120-121 High St, Oxford OX1 4DF. www.theivyoxford.com/

Banana Tree Oxford

Since our humble beginning as a small café called Street Hawker in Maida Vale, not much has changed at Banana Tree -apart from the name! Born out of our founder William Chow’s passion for Southeast Asian cuisine, we’ve been bringing exotic Pan-Asian street food flavours to London, Chelmsford, Oxford and Milton Keynes for over 30 years.We’ve organically grown to 9 restaurants now, fuelling spirits with the same delicious recipes and values that made us such a hit all those years ago.

63 George St, Oxford OX1 2BQ. 01865 200685 www.bananatree.co.uk/

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The Folly Restaurant

The Folly restaurant occupies a unique riverside position in the heart of Oxford, a stones throw from the Westgate centre but beside the beauty of the River Thames. Our restaurant provides simply served, excellently cooked dishes crafted from the freshest seasonal ingredients. The restaurant’s terrace floats on the waters of the River Thames as she runs gently under Folly Bridge.

1 Folly Bridge, Oxford OX1 4JU. 01865 201293 www.no1-folly-bridge.co.uk/

Turtle Bay Oxford

As soon as you walk into any of our restaurants, you’ll spot our very own island bar taking centre stage – a homage to Surfside and the hundreds of other beach shacks of the Caribbean that share its friendly, feel-good spirit. And as you take a seat and stay a little longer, you’ll see that there’s so much more. A lot of rum, a never-ending backdrop of infectious reggae beats, and a feast of Caribbeaninspired food for any time of day or occasion. We’ve done our best to recreate the spirit, the smiles and the magic of the Caribbean right here in the UK – we hope you’ll come and stay a while for Turtle Bay good times.

2 Friars Entry, Oxford OX1 2BY. 01865 242141 www.turtlebay.co.uk/restaurants/oxford Thaikhun

Oxford Thaikhun is located on George street, a large but friendly restaurant with loads of personality! With eccentric bric a brac hand selected from Thailand it certainly keeps your eyes busy whilst you are trying our delicious Thai food! Look out for the boat hanging from the ceiling or the famous converted bath seat. Don’t forget to spot the tuk tuk just inside by the bar. The menu features classic Thai dishes, vegan options and some modern twists.

36 George St, Oxford OX1 2BJ. 01865 819046 www.thaikhun.co.uk/thai-restaurant/ oxford/

Pierre Victoire

French Restaurant in the Heart of Oxford. When we opened Pierre Victoire in 1996 we wanted to create somewhere for people to enjoy traditional French food, cooked properly by skilled chefs, in an informal environment at prices everyone can afford – the way they do in France. Today we’re open, still doing that even during these difficult times.

9 Little Clarendon St, Oxford OX1 2HP. 01865 316616 www.pierrevictoire.co.uk/

Gees Restaurant & Bar Gees Restaurant offers locals and visitors a uniquely rustic, Mediterranean dining experience set in a unique Victorian Glasshouse. Enjoy one of our expertly made house cocktails, dine in the light-filled conservatory amidst olive trees and plants, choose from a daily evolving seasonal menu inspired by the regional dishes of Spain and Italy, cooked on the wood fire oven and charcoal grill

61-63 Banbury Rd, Park Town, Oxford OX2 6PE. 01865 553540 www.geesrestaurant.co.uk/


Arbequina was opened in 2016 by Ben, Rufus & Ben. The aim was to create tapas style sharing dishes, with explosive and well-married flavours from Spain and beyond. The focus has, and will always be, on quality, unique and well-sourced ingredients. It’s distinctive long, zinc bar quickly became a favourite of locals looking to eat great food in an exciting, buzzy atmosphere.

72-74 Cowley Rd, Oxford OX4 1JB. 01865 792777 www.arbequina.co.uk/

Kazbar Restaurant

A friendly smile, beautifully handmade food, and delicious cocktails are waiting for you at Oxford’s best tapas bar. So come on in, sit back, and soak up the atmosphere. We will be here waiting to make you a drink. We alo host evenings of live music and dancing so sit back and grab yourself some sangria.

25-27 Cowley Rd, Oxford OX4 1HP. 01865 202920 www.kazbar.co.uk/


Interview with flooring guru

Tony Wolf of “Floor Street”

the flooring industry. Consumers now can expect a certain standard that didn’t exist before because of the informative and educational content that Floor Street makes available for everyone to watch, read and learn.

Why should Hamptons clients choose Floor Street for their property?

Tell us about a little about the background of Floor Street?

Floor Street started as a small highstreet shop located in Stirchley, Birmingham in 2019. It has since become the UK’s fastest-growing independent flooring retailer, working nationwide and in parts of Europe to provide quality and sustainable carpet and flooring.

How has your industry changed over the years?

The flooring industry had been the same for years until Floor Street changed it. Although the flooring industry historically focuses heavily on retail and sales, Floor Street took a different path by becoming a service business and creating a customercentric flooring company. Their focus on customers’ wants and needs through design, quality, sustainability and budgeting, has entirely changed

Clients should choose Floor Street if they care about three things: quality, sustainability and excellent customer service. Floor Street isn’t a flooring shop where you go and pick the mostly available and/or cheapest flooring. It’s a place where warm conversations in an inspiring place lead to finding flooring that you’re not only going to love, but one that is suitable for your family’s lifestyle and environment.

What’s your favourite aspect of running your business?

My favourite aspect at Floor Street is the relationships and friendships we build with our clients. Because flooring is something you purchase and should last you a lifetime, we, as the seller, feel that we become a part of that household. We make ourselves available for our clients years after their purchase should they need our help and support. We invite them to our annual parties, and they do the same for us. All of a sudden, you have gone from strangers in a flooring store to becoming friends and I think that is beautiful.

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Some suggested local social media groups to help you connect, learn, buy, sell and have fun.
‘Virtually’ all you need

Oxford Community www.facebook.com/groups/theoxfordcommunity

What’s on in Oxfordshire www.facebook.com/groups/whatsoninoxfordshire

Interesting Women’s Events in Oxford www.facebook.com/groups/170231876493149

Oxfordshire Community Noticeboard & Events www.facebook.com/groups/1189008274579954

Things To Do with Kids in And Around Oxfordshire and Surrounding Areas www.facebook.com/groups/150699368459443

Visit Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK www.facebook.com/groups/VisitOxfordUK

Oxford Hub www.twitter.com/oxfordhub?lang=en

Oxford City Council www.twitter.com/OxfordCity

An Interview with Gabriela Hughes, Head of Residential Design at Blocc Interiors

Tell us about Blocc Interiors

We are a specialist interior design company based in Worcestershire, although our work often takes us nationally. Established in 2009, we have expertise that spans over 30 years. Our team of interior professionals offers a bespoke personalised service to discerning private client homeowners.

What is your process for working with private clients when it comes to interior design?

Our journey together begins with a complimentary consultation. We help you develop a comprehensive design for your home, paying particular attention to your lifestyle, all-important wish list, must haves, design goals and any challenges. We talk together and explore what inspires you. Our role is to provoke your thoughts & emotion and simply just listen. To allow us to understand your initial thoughts and how you would like to experience your home to bring it to life through intelligent, considered choices on colour, texture, shape & proportion. We will discuss and agree the budget with you and how this is managed to your best advantage throughout the process. Once we understand your preferences, taste, and style we will interpret and create detailed mood boards which illustrate our proposed design scheme, complete with samples of fabrics & wallcoverings and any furniture finishes we intend to use in your design. It is at this stage we discuss and agree with you any alterations or additions you may wish to add. We have now reached the final design stage, we will present to you; final boards, a fully detailed inventory, furniture plan – showing you exactly where we have positioned all selected items and provide you with a full supply & install final quotation along with a timeline. Upon acceptance to

proceed, we introduce you to your dedicated project manager who works alongside us throughout the whole process, right through to installation day. Your project manager will organise the full programme of works and keeps you informed of progress every step of the way.

How can you help the owners of a new home achieve their interiors aspirations?

Most new homeowners want to personalise their new property to make a house into their dream home. Often properties come with colour schemes, designs and features from previous owners. That’s where we can help offering services from architectural design, project management, soft furnishings through to whole house transformations. Giving our clients the benefit of our expert knowledge, is to offer suggestions and ideas, and push the boundaries for a statement result that is ultimately all about the homeowner, their home and their lifestyle. Working with us will be exciting and liberating rather than an intimidating experience!

Why choose Blocc Interiors?

It’s our attention to detail, we do sweat the small stuff, scheduling of timelines, first class project management, adhering to your budget once the design has been agreed, please come and enjoy the experience with us.

A Word from Philippa Simpson Managing Director

I just love meeting & listening to people, obsessed with delivering innovation combined with impeccable service, I ensure dreams come true and ensure we exceed all expectations in terms of both design and service.

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Help and support from your local Council

You should inform your Local Authority of where you are moving from and where you are moving to around a month before you move. You can do this here. https://system8.rbwm.gov.uk/ publicaccesslive/selfservice/services/ changeofaddress/coastart.htm

You’ll need to include the forwarding addresses for every adult in the property that pays council tax.

Search for information and services from your council. Information for residents about Oxford City Council including council tax, bins and recycling, schools, leisure, streets and parking, this and lot’s more at the below link. www.oxford.gov.uk

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Planning & Building Control

Unsure which services you need?

If you are thinking of making changes to your property, you may need to apply for planning permission and / or Building Regulations approval. If you’re not sure which applications to make, please use the guidance below to help you to decide what you need to do.

Please note that many developments will require both.

What is planning?

Planning is the process of deciding whether a proposed development should go ahead or not. It uses national and local policies to consider the development in its context and may look at the impact of the work on neighbours and the wider community, existing architecture, the land, the layout, and existing or proposed infrastructure (such as drains, transport and schools).

You will probably need planning permission if your proposed development will do any of the following:

• create a new building, or change the use or appearance of an existing building

• affect the sunlight, privacy or outlook for neighbouring properties

• affect the nearby area with noise disturbance, smell or fumes

• work on or around listed buildings or any conservation areas

• affect traffic volumes, road safety or access

• change the density of development in an area

• use significantly different materials or finishes from nearby properties

• have an effect on existing trees

https://www.oxford.gov.uk/info/20066/ planning_applications

What is building control?

Building control applies national statutory regulations to ensure the structural quality of any building work, in areas such as safety, public health, accessibility, and the materials used. Most substantial building projects (such as an extension, knocking down walls or converting a garage or loft) will need Building Regulations approval.

https://www.oxford.gov.uk/info/20150/ building_control

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