When we hear about housing “needs” most of us think of homeless people on the streets of Oxford, families living in cramped conditions sharing one bedroom and facilities like a bathroom and kitchen. On the news we see refugees fleeing war torn countries living in tents in muddy fields in the freezing cold with babies and young children.
In Radley most people are lucky, enjoying warm comfortable homes. But some older people struggle to manage a family home with a large garden which drains their limited resources just trying to keep warm and on top of repairs. At the other end of the age spectrum we all know of young adults who just can’t wait to flee their parents’ home and get a life for themselves, but the cost of renting a flat privately or buying a home is simply out of reach. These too are housing “needs”. There is a need for more two bedroom homes – small houses and flats – some for social rent and some to buy, and everything in between, such as shared ownership.
That is why it is so important that we achieve at least the Local Plan policy of 35% of affordable homes on every new proposed housing site in Radley.
So let us embrace this challenge of new homes for Radley and fully engage with the Parish Council’s Neighbourhood Planning process to get the best possible deal from the housing developers, to solve some of Radley’s infrastructure problems and meet both the local housing needs of Radley ……and beyond!
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