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Oxfordshire Plan 2050: Oxfordshire needs truly affordable homes

Thursday, 30 September 2021 09:59

Jericho, Oxford Jericho, Oxford Credit: Kamyar Adl/flickr

CPRE Oxfordshire believes the answer is simple: higher density housing that is good for the pocket and the planet.

The Oxfordshire Plan 2050 offers an opportunity to develop houses local people can afford. CPRE Oxfordshire argues that new housing should be well-designed, higher density, low cost and use the minimum amount of land. On this basis, by 2050 at least 25% of all Oxfordshire housing would consist of higher density housing more suitable as first homes or for those wishing to downsize, rather than the larger executive housing often pushed by developers. As a result, Oxfordshire could save more of its valuable greenfield land which is a scarce and precious resource.

Helen Marshall, Director CPRE Oxfordshire said:
“Oxfordshire
needs higher density housing to help create self-sufficient communities. CPRE Oxfordshire would like to see a target density of between 70-100 properties per hectare, a similar figure to the terraced houses found in Jericho, Oxford.

“We’d also like to see current local plans reviewed in order to make good use of land already allocated and minimise the need for further land to be developed. This would ensure the homes we need are available at more affordable prices, preserve land and make a significant contribution to meeting climate change targets.”

Higher density does not need to mean overcrowded estates and high-rise apartments. Well-designed, well-built developments can offer benefits to future residents:

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