Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12

Price On Application | under offer

A significant strategic development opportunity in central Oxfordshire covering approximately 227 acres (92 hectares) with outline planning permission for up to 1,500 new dwellings and ancillary mixed use development and infrastructure.

  • New Build
  • With Planning
  • Houses



The Crab Hill Development Area is located in central Oxfordshire on the north-eastern flank of Wantage in the Vale of White Horse District. Wantage is a historic market town and the birth-place of King Alfred, marked by his statue located within the town’s large market place. Its importance as a market centre over the years has shaped the town with a number of roads converging around its centre, and it has now grown to accommodate a population of around 10,000 people. The town provides a range of facilities, which also serve a number of surrounding villages. It has four primary schools, the Fitzwarren special school, King Alfred’s Community and Sports College, several supermarkets, health provision, leisure and civic buildings and a multitude of national and independent shops and cafes Proposed growth within Wantage is inextricably linked with the development of Science Vale UK. The most recent Employment Land Review estimates between 2012 and 2029 an increase of around 14,300 jobs in the Vale, associated in part with an anticipated 16,000 new jobs identified within Science Vale UK. Communications are excellent with the A34(T) linking the M4 and M40 motorways 6 miles away, and Didcot railway station with regular main line services to London and Bristol 8 miles away.


The property extends to around 227 acres (92 hectares) of open agricultural land predominantly in arable use, straddling the boundaries between Wantage Town, Grove and Lockinge Parishes.

• The southern boundary is formed of the existing urban edge of properties in Charlton and the south-eastern boundary by the A417 Port Way / Reading Road.

• The northern boundary is marked by a private farm track that runs eastwards from Elms Farm, which now includes a group of commercial and industrial units

• The western boundary is formed by the A338 Grove Road

• The eastern boundary lies just west of Home Mead Farm and does not follow specific topographical features


Vale of White Horse District Council granted outline planning permission for the Crab Hill Development on 13th July 2015 under planning reference P13/V1764/O for: “Residential development of up to 1,500 dwellings including new employment space (use class B1), a neighbourhood centre / community hub (use classes A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, B1,C2, D1 and D2), new primary school, central park, ancillary areas (including allotments and sports pitches) with access off the A338 Grove Road and three accesses off the A417 Reading Road. Provision of a strategic link road between the A417 and the A338 Road to be known as the Wantage Eastern Link Road” All matters are reserved except means of access to the development and the WELR, and the planning permission is governed by a S106 Agreement and a S278 Agreement both completed on 13th July 2015.


The Crab Hill Development has a major role to play in facilitating economic growth and delivery of new homes in the Vale of White Horse administrative area contributing to central Oxfordshire’s continued growth. The proposed development sees the new Wantage Eastern Link Road (WELR) skirting inside the northern and eastern boundaries of the site, linking the A417 to the east of Charlton Village with the A338 between Wantage and Grove with new development between this and the existing settlement areas. The proposed development includes:

• Up to 1,500 residential dwellings in a mix of dwelling sizes, types and tenures

• A neighbourhood centre containing a mix of opportunities including local retail, nursery care, space for local businesses, community facilities as well as the potential for pub / restaurant and elderly care

• A new two form entry primary school

• The WELR providing an alternative connection for traffic movements avoiding the town centre by connecting the A338 to the A417

• Two vehicular access points to the site from the A417 in the form of priority juctions, including improvements to the existing road corridor

• An extensive network of public open spaces including equipped play space, public amenity areas, playing fields and allotments

• Structural and amenity planting to help integrate and screen the development to the wider landscape

• Provision of a network of off-road foot and cyclepaths linking nodes, areas of open space and the existing wider network


The proposed first phase is on the eastern side of the site and includes up to 450 residential dwellings. The primary school and part of the neighbourhood centre would also be provided in this phase. Access to the site would be provided through construction of a roundabout on the A417, incorporating the existing A417 Reading Road and the east


A comprehensive information pack including relevant planning, technical and legal information and bidding guidance can be downloaded from the data room at

www.crabhilldevelopment.com Prospective purchasers should note that the vendors will expect them to have obtained and carefully considered the contents of the data room prior to submitting their offer. Planning enquiries should be directed to Sarah Hunt at Kemp & Kemp (E: shunt@kempandkemp.co.uk T: 01865 240001)


The Development Area is offered for sale freehold with vacant possession by informal tender:

• either as a whole

• or a first phase comprising up to 450 dwellings

Offers should be submitted in writing and in duplicate to both joint sole agents, Carter Jonas and Kemp & Kemp by 12 noon on 25th September 2015 clearly marked “Crab Hill Tender” on the outside of the envelope. Offers will be welcome from consortia where members of any consortium are identified


The property may be viewed from the highway and local footpath network. Parties wishing to walk the site should arrange an appointment with one of the joint agents.

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