Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire District Council assessment of community-led housing:

“A community led approach can help to build an understanding and shared support for why housing is needed in an area and how best to achieve it. This can increase the available affordable housing and generate a better understanding of the factors that contribute to people feeling that somewhere is a good place to live. It can bring communities together who share a common interest, for example communal housing for older people. It can also promote newer approaches to housebuilding, improved design and architectural features, building more carbon efficient homes, and include communal facilities, and can strengthen connections between residents, foster inter-generational links, and help to combat isolation.”

Really positive to see the councils setting out a targeted approach in their Housing Delivery Strategy 2022-2024 for how to unlock this innovative and grassroots sector. Mark Stone, Suzanne Malcolm and Paul Fielding at the Vale showing the way forward in Oxfordshire and helping OCLT deliver its first community-led housing project Crofts Court.

Strategy, Action Plan and related documents can be found here at no.45: