In brief: Oxford is officially the least affordable city in the UK, with average house prices almost 15 times average wages. Rocketing land values mean that even the major extensions planned on the city’s fringes are seeing the affordable housing component squeezed out. Oxfordshire CLT is leading the movement to put control back in the hands of local citizens, and to see meaningful affordability in the city’s housing plans. Their first scheme at Deans Court will develop six affordable, cooperative rental units. The scheme will be built to Passivhaus standards, already putting them in a tiny minority of environmental best-practice in the country. Meanwhile, the CLT is building partnerships across the city to lead a strong challenge to the development status quo.
Why they are part of the programme: Their plans for an Oxford Land Fund will suggest a radical alternative to land disposals and will sow the seeds for citizen-led housing right across the city.