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Community-led housing festival highlights Growth Deal work
13 May, 2021

Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal was delighted to be asked to join an online discussion as part of the Thames-Valley Community-Led Housing Festival.

A variety of presentations and interactive discussions explored topics such as affordable housing, building partnerships, sustainable building, retrofitting, diversity in community-led housing, and the impact of the pandemic on how we live in our homes and neighbourhoods.

The Growth Deal presentation focused on research into scaling-up community-led housing in Oxfordshire conducted for the Growth Deal by the Collaborative Housing Hub.

CLH can include cohousing schemes, housing cooperatives and community land trusts (CLT’s).

The sector, while small, is growing with nearly 7,000 CLT homes to be built or refurbished over the next 5 years (source).

Oxfordshire already has some examples of community-led housing – Stonesfield CLT is one of the oldest community land trusts in the UK, owning and managing 15 homes in West Oxfordshire.

But delivering CLH can be long and complex with a number of challenges to overcome.

The presentation is available here and the report can be accessed here.

All presentations and recordings of the festival will be available in due course on the Collaborative Housing Hub website.  

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