Shaping the future of Blackbird Leys

Oxford City Council and Peabody are working in partnership to bring new homes, shops and community spaces to the heart of Blackbird Leys.

The project will focus on the District Centre (including the ‘top shops’ and Blackbird Leys Community Centre) and land between Knights Road and the Kassam Stadium. Across the two sites, we will deliver 294 new affordable homes, as well as a new community centre and shop spaces, landscaped green and open space and other community benefits.

November 2023 update

Over the past four years, Peabody and Oxford City Council have been engaging the community on a plan for the redevelopment of Blackbird Leys District Centre and land off Knights Road.

Following submission of a planning application earlier this year, proposals for the redevelopment of Blackbird Leys were approved by Oxford City councillors in August 2023.

Our contractor, Hill, will be preparing the site soon, and we expect construction work to commence in the coming weeks.

You can read more about our on-site early works in our latest newsletter, which we shared with residents in November 2023 and is available via the button below.  This provides more information on the early stages of the redevelopment, and next steps for the Community Centre.

Download the latest newsletter

The Community Centre

The planning consent for the community centre and surrounding public open space is in ‘outline’, meaning that there are further opportunities to influence the plans.  The new centre will be the heart of the scheme – so we want the community to be involved in developing the design with us.

Over the past few months, we’ve been meeting with key local stakeholders, users of the existing centre, and the wider community to feed into our vision and emerging designs.  We have also set up the Leys Community Review Panel made up of local residents, which is continuing to meet with the project team to communicate the community’s interests to the design team.

Information about upcoming events for the community to come together, see what the design teams are working on, and share ideas is available on Transition by Design’s website.

Fill out Transition by Design’s online form to share your thoughts and ideas.

We plan to submit our detailed planning application for the community centre in spring 2024.

Summary document

In February 2023, we sent residents in Blackbird Leys a summary document, outlining the application submitted. You can view an online copy of this document by clicking the button below.

Download the summary document
View the information boards from our event in March 2023

Contact us

If you have any queries or would like further information about the Blackbird Leys redevelopment, please contact Peabody via joanne.hoy@peabody.org.uk, with ‘Blackbird Leys’ in the subject field.

If you have any questions about the construction works, you can contact Hill at residents@hill.co.uk or on 0800 032 6760.

To contact Transition by Design about plans for the Community Centre, please email bblcommunityengagement@transitionbydesign.org