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For Oxford Cohousing meeting dates and news, visit our website: http://www.oxfordcohousing.org.uk

 

Oxford Cohousing was formed in the summer of 2010.  We aim to create a community where we will live in a spirit of inclusivity, mutual support, friendship and cooperation. We will make the built environment as eco-friendly as possible. We will commit ourselves to open and transparent communication and decision-making, and share our time, space and some resouces.

It's common knowledge that Oxford is the most difficult place in the country to afford a house.  We know that people on low and middle incomes cannot afford to buy or even rent here.  There is now a groundswell of people and organisations who want to change this and we are part of this movement, aiming to make 50% of the homes in our community genuinely affordable.

In 2015 we had our first opportunity to bid for a piece of land - 16/17 acres on the edge of Oxford. We put a lot of hard work into preparing a competitive bid and we came close to succeeding.  But we were beaten by a local trust whose bid was not conditional on getting planning permission, as ours had to be.

In 2016 we worked together with other local organisations to bid for a large site in north Oxford. This time we understand we were narrowly outbid by a commercial developer. It's disappointing, but with each bid we learn more and eventually we will succeed.

We are always looking for new members to join us! Contact us if you are interested in finding out more and possibly becoming a member: http://www.oxfordcohousing.org.uk

Oxford March Update

Rachel Bollen

Oxford Cohousing is at an exciting stage: we have a site in view and are preparing to put in a bid when its owners put it on the market. The site was a former outdoor education centre owned by Birmingham City Council – yes, that's Birmingham, not Oxford, who have owned this 7 hectare site within the Oxford ring road since the 1930s.