Draft Housing & Homelessness Strategy 2018-21

Have your say on our Draft Housing & Homelessness Strategy 2018-2021

Consultation period – 21 September to 3 November 2017

The City Council’s current Housing Strategy 2015-18, Homelessness Strategy 2013-18 and Empty Property Strategy 2013-18 are all due for renewal in 2018. Rather than have three separate strategies, we have decided to produce one combined strategy and action plan that sets out our housing vision and planned activities over the next 3 years to 2021.

The City has a growing population and a strong economy, with high demand for housing, rising private rents and house prices. Significant housing growth is required in and around the city to provide sufficient homes for people to live in and for businesses and local services to continue to thrive. At the same time, we need to protect existing communities and ensure that they can link with, and benefit from, the advantages arising from housing growth. It is also important that people who are considered vulnerable aren't left behind and are able to share in the benefits that housing and economic growth can bring to the City. Therefore we continue our aim to “build a world class city for everyone”.

Our vision is for Oxford to be a City where people have access to affordable and high quality homes that enable them to build settled, safe and healthy lives, within sustainable and thriving communities. To achieve this, the Draft Housing and Homelessness Strategy 2018-21 sets out the following priorities:

  • Increase housing supply and improve access to affordable housing
  • Prevent homelessness and meet the needs of vulnerable people (including: Rough Sleepers and Single Homeless in the City)
  • Make best use of private sector accommodation (including: bringing empty properties back into use)
  • Invest to create sustainable communities that are safe and healthy
  • Be an effective landlord and deliver quality services

How you can get involved: 

We are interested to hear your views on our draft strategy and invite you to take part in the public consultation process. You can do this:

  • Via our online survey - please see link below
  • Attend the public drop-in sessions at:
    • Templars Square Shopping Centre, Oxford, Thursday 12th October 2017, 13.00-16.00
    • Town Hall, St Aldate's, Oxford, Thursday 19th October 2017, 9.00-13.00

Next Steps:

Once the consultation period has ended, we will update the Draft Housing and Homelessness Strategy 2018-2021, taking into consideration your comments. The final version of the strategy will be published in Spring 2018.


If you need a copy of the draft strategy in an accessible format, or if you have any queries about the strategy or the consultation process, please contact the Strategy and Service Development Team by:

Email: strategyandenabling@oxford.gov.uk

Telephone: 01865 249811 (ask for the Housing Strategy and Service Development Team)


This consultation has now closed.


  • Opened
    21 Sep 2017 at 00:00
  • Closed
    3 Nov 2017 at 23:59
  • Response Published
    15 Dec 2017


Area Covered Barton And Sandhills, Blackbird Leys, Carfax, Churchill, Cowley, Cowley Marsh, Headington, Headington Hill And Northway, Hinksey Park, Holywell, Iffley Fields, Jericho And Osney, Littlemore, Lye Valley, Marston, North, Northfield Brook, Quarry And Risinghurst, Rose Hill And Iffley, St Clement's, St Margaret's, St Mary's, Summertown, Wolvercote
Who we are consulting City Councillors, Community Groups, Council Staff, Disability groups, General Public, Housing tenants, Older People, Resident Groups, Social Housing Tenants, Voluntary Sector
Who we are consulting (others)
Who we are consulting (committees)
Methods Used Online Consultations, Exhibition / Roadshow
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