Housing development is underway or planned across Oxfordshire. From busier roads and crowded schools to stressed local infrastructure, many are concerned about the scale of what is proposed.
Some new development is inevitable and well-planned housing can often strengthen local communities. Our aim is to help communities, housing organisations, local authorities and developers agree on what needs to be done to make a new development succeed. This may be new social and community amenities (see above), changing aspects of the design of the proposed neighbourhood or action to ensure the housing is better incorporated into the wider town or village.
In essence, we ‘take the heat out of the housing’. We can foster positive relationships between key players and build on the ‘honest broker’ role we have played in housing discussions elsewhere. This means:
- Communities feel more involved and listened to
- Developers will experience less community hostility pre and post-development
- The Local Authority will see reduced demand on officer and member time that comes from ‘fire-fighting’ in response to difficult planning decisions