A HOUSING developers has bought a large tract of land from an Oxfordshire-based farming research institute.

Cala Homes has bought the fields from CABI (Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International) just outside Wallingford.

The sale will enable CABI to build a new state-of-the-art headquarters and allow CALA to bring 91 homes.

CABI, an international not-for-profit which uses cutting-edge research to help farmer in the developing world, is based in buildings which were formerly part of the Carmel College – Europe's only Jewish boarding school – on Nosworthy Way.

The organisation was originally refused planning permission for the housing scheme in 2016 when the council said it would be an overdevelopment in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

However, CABI appealed against that decision and won in August last year.

The housing estate will include 18 affordable homes, a play area and wild flower meadow.

CABI CEO Dr Trevor Nicholls said Cala's landscaping 'reflected CABI’s mission to protect biodiversity and the environment'.