COMMENT: Fresh thinking needed now as the city heads for saturation

Oxford Mail: New ideas needed over housing New ideas needed over housing

CIRCUS-goers have often marvelled at contortionists, bending their bodies in barely believable ways to fit into tiny spaces.

It is a trick city planners are increasingly likely to have to try and replicate with their housing plans as Oxford fills up.

Space is running out, with city council leader Bob Price saying we will reach capacity by 2020.

With the Strategic Housing Marketing Assessment (SHMA) saying the city needs to build 28,000 homes, the burning question is where will they go?

It is a question that does not seem to have an obvious answer.

Mr Price claims every site that could be used for houses will be developed by the end of the decade, but there will still be a huge shortfall.

The council is looking at areas outside the city, but will need to demonstrate expert diplomacy to get other district councils to allow them to build, when those local authorities are struggling to meet their own housing targets.

Something will have to give soon, or else the growing housing crisis will reach breaking point.

We now have a timetable, or perhaps that should be more like a housing doomsday clock.

What is needed is action from all parties involved to try to reach a resolution.

New thinking is essential and it may involve some unpalatable suggestions. But we have to come up with something and soon.

The clock is ticking.

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11:42am Sat 28 Jun 14

Richard of Wantage says...

Dumping on other district councils is not the answer as they their own allocations to fullfill. The Vale has already its own 21,000 and we don't won't more.
Dumping on other district councils is not the answer as they their own allocations to fullfill. The Vale has already its own 21,000 and we don't won't more. Richard of Wantage
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9:22am Sun 29 Jun 14

Sarah Lasenby says...

I am beginning to think the South East of England is going mad - or is it the Government that makes demands for ridiculous amounts of housebuilding in what is already very full City?
The Barton Park development will add more than 2,000 people living in 885 units. Are the 9000 units, amounting to over 21,000 more people that Bob Price's mentions in his article in addition to Barton or including Barton Park?
Even with an increase of only 19,000 we have no way to develop the infrastructure in the city center to enable us to increase the public transport to increase the through put and accommodate this increase in people.
I believe some people think this problem can be solved by developing the tram system. Please can we hear more about it.
I am beginning to think the South East of England is going mad - or is it the Government that makes demands for ridiculous amounts of housebuilding in what is already very full City? The Barton Park development will add more than 2,000 people living in 885 units. Are the 9000 units, amounting to over 21,000 more people that Bob Price's mentions in his article in addition to Barton or including Barton Park? Even with an increase of only 19,000 we have no way to develop the infrastructure in the city center to enable us to increase the public transport to increase the through put and accommodate this increase in people. I believe some people think this problem can be solved by developing the tram system. Please can we hear more about it. Sarah Lasenby
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