In March 2017, Oxford City Council received £54,859 from the Community Housing Fund to support the promotion and delivery of more community-led housing.

Oxford City Council commissioned the Collaborative Housing Hub, which is a partnership between Community First Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire Community Foundation and Oxfordshire Community Land Trust, to undertake a research project to explore how community housing could be delivered sustainably within Oxford City. The methods used for this study included a combination of desk research, a needs assessment, interviews, outreach events and financial assessment.

There are viable models which will work in Oxford’s urban fabric from small scale (shared co-operative houses and tiny windfall sites) to large partnership development where citizen-leadership can bring distinct benefits.

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Some key recommendations from the report:

The outreach for this study showed that very few people know about community-led housing solutions despite having many benefits which struck a chord with interviewees and focus groups including genuine affordability in perpetuity, individual well-being and supportive neighbourhoods.

The members of the study team were Dr Sue Brownill, Charlie Fisher and Ron Gibbons (Oxfordshire Community Land Trust), Tom McCulloch and Fiona Mullins (Community First Oxfordshire) and Jayne Woodley (Oxfordshire Community Foundation).

Important contributions to the assessment were made by Oxford City Council, Savills, Transition by Design, Jimm Reed (CoHo Ltd), Stephen Hill (C2O futureplanners), Gauthier Guerin (Catalyst Collective) and Stephen Walker (Oxford Brookes University). Transition by Design provided communication and outreach support for the project.