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Champion Way

This innovative project sought to unlock disused garages to provide affordable homes.
 Past project 

Oxford City Council (OCC) developed a partnership with Oxfordshire Community Land Trust (OCLT) and Transition By Design (TbD), a local design collective, to develop a pilot affordable, community-led housing project on underused urban land. Unfortunately the proposal did not go ahead at the time.

In 2018, OCC identified an area of derelict garages it owned, on Champion Way in Littlemore in Oxford. TbD created a design of four, zero-carbon homes using natural materials and modular off-site construction. They will house people from the local housing register, with OCLT holding a 125 lease on the land, ensuring the housing will remain secure and affordable.

We funded the planning stage of the Champion Way project, and it obtained planning permission, but unfortunately it did not go ahead. This is proof of concept for an innovative housing model that can be replicated across garage sites or overlooked parcels of land in the city and beyond to provide affordable, zero-carbon homes for those in housing need.

A sketch of possible housing on a site off Champion Way, Oxford

A sketch of the proposed design. Image: Transition by Design

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