South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils have published a draft housing delivery strategy which sets out how they will meet the significant challenge of delivering thousands of new homes over the next 14-16 years.
The number of new homes proposed in each district is set out in the councils’ respective adopted and emerging local plans. The councils’ proposed Joint Housing Delivery Strategy will work alongside the respective local plans to guide how these new homes will be delivered and ensure that the types of homes provided meet the various needs of our communities.
The draft strategy represents a significant change to the way the councils will work with partners to get new homes built. If the strategy is adopted the councils will adopt an ‘enabler role’ to ensure that the required number of new homes can be delivered, which are also of the right type to meet local need, and built at the right time in the locations allocated in the respective local plans.
This public consultation closes at midnight on Monday 23 October.
Cllr Lynn Lloyd, Cabinet Member for Housing at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “Delivering the new homes required will be a significant challenge and one we will only meet if the public sector, local communities and the house building industry work together. The draft strategy outlines how we aim to do this in southern Oxfordshire going forward – I urge people to read through the actions we are proposing and to let us know what they think.”
Cllr Elaine Ware, Cabinet Member for Housing at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “The new homes are vital to ensuring we can meet the needs of communities across the area, whether that is for affordable housing for first time buyers, housing suitable for those who are retired, or accommodation that supports those with mobility issues.
“Providing a suitable range of housing also plays a significant role in making sure businesses can attract and retain staff in southern Oxfordshire. The Joint Housing Delivery Strategy will be a key document for many years to come so it’s important people have their say before it is adopted by the councils later this year.”
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Challenges to delivering new homes
A number of factors determine how quick and easy it is to deliver new homes, including capacity within the house building industry, the availability of sufficient land, and the availability of funding to provide affordable housing and infrastructure.
The proposed strategy sets out how the councils will overcome these challenges by working with landowners, developers, local communities and infrastructure providers to ensure that the new homes can be delivered as quickly as possible while also meeting the needs of our communities.
The number of new homes proposed in each district is set out in the councils’ respective adopted and emerging local plans – for information on the local plans please visit www.southoxon.gov.uk/newlocalplan or www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/localplan
Posted on October 3, 2017 in Events in and around Dorchester