Who are Homes England?



Homes England’s mission is to intervene in the housing market to ensure more homes are built in areas of greatest need, to improve affordability – they are the government’s housing accelerator, with a role to make sure homes are built more quickly. Legally Homes England is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). 

Homes England has a track record of delivering homes and the necessary supporting infrastructure on similarly complex sites, including Northstowe (10,000 homes) and The Northern Arc at Burgess Hill (3,500 homes). 


For further information on Homes England, please refer to the Homes England Strategic Plan 2018 - 2023


History and Background



Chalgrove Airfield comprises a former World War II airfield, located to the north of Chalgrove Village.  


The Airfield has a distinguished history; Opened in 1943, it was used by both the Royal Air Force and United States Army Air Forces during the war, primarily as a combat reconnaissance airfield and was closed in late 1946.  For most of time since then, the Airfield has been leased to Martin-Baker Aircraft Co. Ltd, a manufacturer of ejection seats and safety-related equipment for aviation. 


Originally the Airfield had three operational runways and a number of hangers and aircraft dispersal pads. These have been gradually reduced and there is now only one CAA licenced runway. The Airfield is still heavily managed and of low ecological value.

In 2016, the Ministry of Defence transferred the airfield to Homes England after it was identified as being surplus to operational requirements following a strategic review of the Defence Estate.


Since the transfer, Homes England has promoted the site as having the potential to deliver a new sustainable 21 st Century market town and it is identified as a preferred allocation in the South Oxfordshire Local Plan


Where is Chalgrove Airfield?



Chalgrove Airfield is located immediately to the north of the existing village of Chalgrove in South Oxfordshire, northeast of the B480 and approximately 13 km to the east of central Oxford.


It is located within the heart of South Oxfordshire, close to a number of existing communities and is also relatively well located in relation to nearby employment areas and transport links. The Airfield is outside of the Green Belt and away from other environmentally sensitive areas.

The vision for Chalgrove Airfield



Our plans for Chalgrove is to deliver a new 21st Century Market Town that is:


Connected – a place that that is independent and sustainable with good access to the surrounding areas.


Distinctive – a place that reflects the character of South Oxfordshire and meets the 21st century housing, health and environmental challenges.


Vibrant – a place that has the community spirit of a village and the facilities of a 21st century market town.


Our plans for Chalgrove Airfield will meet local housing needs and improves access to employment, community facilities and local services for local residents. We have developed our plans in consultation with the local community and stakeholders and they have been independently reviewed by BOBMK Design Review Panel.


Our plans that will be delivered in phases over an approximate 10 – 15 year period and include:


  • 3,000 new homes including 1,200 affordable homes
  • Safeguarding the operations and future expansion of Martin Baker
  • Two 2 form entry primary schools  An 8 form entry secondary school and 6 th form college enabling the relocation and expansion of Icknield Community College
  • A new town centre with shops, leisure facilities, community hub, cultural space and a public square
  • 5ha of employment land, which combined with the town centre will provide for 40,000sqm of dedicated employment space and the creation of more than 1,000 new jobs
  • A network of pedestrian and cycle routes
  • Publicly accessible open space, including parks, green lanes, children’s play areas and allotments




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