Thursday 23 March
Oxford Brookes University, Headington Campus, London Road
Organised by Oxfordshire Community Land Trust and CPRE Oxfordshire
The publication of the Government’s long-awaited Housing White Paper provided an opportunity for the many groups and individuals with an interest in promoting affordable housing in Oxfordshire to come together to share responses and jointly to consider ways forward.
The White Paper itself contains a range of proposals which the government hopes will boost affordable housing supply. Consultation on some of these is open until May 2. But these are not the only possible initiatives and our hope was that a discussion of the White Paper couild spark wider debates and enable us to share information and co-ordinate activities.
With this in mind, Oxfordshire Community Land Trust and the Oxfordshire Branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England brought together this informal discussion to consider:
a) If/how the White Paper addresses the need for permanently affordable housing?
b) What gaps/areas of concern are there?
c) What response should we feed back to government?
d) The opportunities that already exist to address the issue – in particular, the Community-Led Housing Fund
e) Other ideas for meeting the gaps
f) If/how we might work more closely together on these issues in the future.
The evening started with very brief presentations on the purposes of the evening, the White Paper and the Community-Led Housing Fund, followed by small group discussions focused on the key questions set out above.
At the end of the meeting, we arrived at two conclusions:
1. A joint, top-level response to the Housing White Paper from Oxfordshire organisations interested in affordable housing – those present felt that there was sufficient agreement that it might be possible to produce a joint response, highlighting a small number of key points, which could be signed up to by a wide number of organisations, including both those present at the event and others. It was felt that such a response would be very powerful and could carry more weight than individual responses (although everyone would still be free to submit their own more detailed responses).
OCLT and CPRE will try to find the resource to pull together and circulate an initial draft. However, in the meantime, all those present were invited to send in their thoughts on what the response should cover. Many thanks to those who have already done so. Please could we ask for any further contributions to be with us by FRIDAY 31 MARCH so that we can get the ball rolling.
2. There was significant interest in further collaboration. Another event was proposed, perhaps focusing on Community-Led Housing. It was suggested that this should include invitations to developers and housing associations.
OCLT and CPRE are keen to take this forward, but please bear with us whilst we look into how to resource this. If anyone else (individual or organisation) would like to take a proactive role in helping us set this up, please do get in touch:
PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR:
a) The Housing White Paper & Housing Affordability - powerpoint presentation by Dr Sue Brownill
b) Notes from the discussion groups
c) 6 key points for possible agreement.
2pm, Saturday 1 July 2017
Letcombe Regis Village Hall, Letcombe Regis, Wantage OX12 9LJ
Keynote Speaker: Martin Harris, Trustee, Wild Oxfordshire, on 'The Oxfordshire State of Nature Report 2017'
From Local Plans to Expressways, there's been lots going on by way of development in the County over the last year and plenty still to come. Please join us for a round-up of CPRE Oxfordshire's work, seeking to influence if, where and how this development takes place, with a view to protecting our rural character for generations to come.
Our keynote speaker this year will be Martin Harris from local conservation charity Wild Oxfordshire. Its groundbreaking report on Oxfordshire's wildlife has pulled together information and research from over 60 local organisations (including CPRE!) to give the first ever comprehensive record of the state of Oxfordshire's nature. There are some great success stories including the water vole, bittern and otter. But the overall picture is one of serious decline due to development, climate change and other pressures. Wild Oxfordshire says our nature is now at a tipping point, with several iconic species including the turtle dove facing extinction. Find out what you, and others, can do to make a difference.
Refreshments will be provided courtesy of CPRE Vale of White Horse District.
Papers for the AGM will be available here shortly.
Members and non-members welcome!