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Oxfordshire is home to world leading universities and has a thriving and buoyant economy set within a beautiful rural landscape.
But it also has a housing affordability crisis. Higher housing prices mean essential workers and residents struggle to afford homes and pay high rents.
We now have the opportunity to create a new garden village with affordable homes for people who work in our hospitals, schools, shops, emergency services, care homes and other public services.
Our garden village will provide a great quality of life for people to flourish in a healthy, sustainable and well-connected community.
Why a garden village?
The original garden villages were centred on industry and employment, providing workers’ housing. These new settlements focused on creating healthy, well-designed places for people to live and work in. Examples include:
- New Lanark, Scotland founded by Robert Owen 1800
- Saltaire, Yorkshire founded by Titus Salt in 1851
- Bournville, Birmingham founded by George Cadbury 1879
- Port Sunlight, Wirral founded by the Lever Brothers in 1888
- New Earswick, Yorkshire developed by Joseph Rowntree in 1902
We are following the principles of the first garden villages to create an exciting place that meets the needs of people today and in the future. Through the Government’s Locally-Led Garden Villages, Towns and Cities Programme, the OCGV will provide homes for local people and the essential local workers that help make Oxfordshire a great place to live, work and visit.