Oxford supports affordable housing study

Oxford City Council is supporting research that will explore options on how community housing could be sustainably delivered within the region.

Following £54,000 of investment from the government’s Community Housing Fund earlier this year, the council is examining how community-led housing can be practically delivered in Oxford and is seeking to identify financial mechanisms for delivery that are sustainable and meet the needs for community led housing in the city.

Community First Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire Community Land Trust and the Oxfordshire Community Foundation are to host a series of outreach events to encourage the creation of genuinely affordable homes and strong communities.

Mike Rowley, board member for Housing, said: “We are very pleased to be supporting this study and getting the community involved in finding sustainable solutions to affordable housing delivery. Our housing crisis can’t be solved by the city council on its own, although we are leading the way. Many others have a part to play - Oxford’s businesses, developers, private landlords, universities, and not least, co-operative and community-led initiatives. We aim to work together for an affordable city made up of sustainable and thriving communities.”