1. ITV Report

Housing minister announces £215m to build new homes in Oxfordshire

One hundred thousand new homes are to be built in Oxfordshire by 2031. It's part of a £215m housing deal announced today.

More than one thousand of these will be affordable housing to help first time buyers.

The remaining government funding will support transport infrastructure - such as bridges, roundabouts and roads - in the county.

It was announced by the Housing Minister, Dominic Raab:

Our priority is to work with councils to build the right homes in the right places that work for everyone.

I am delighted to be here in Oxfordshire today to see first hand how our new funding will help deliver 100,000 homes for the county, not only helping address Oxfordshire’s housing challenges but also providing the kind of transport infrastructure such as roads, bridges and roundabouts which new homes need.

We’re clear the housing market must work for all which is why we have dedicated over a quarter of the £215 million funding directly to affordable housing so working families can get the support they need.”

– Dominic Raab, Minister of State for Housing and Planning

I’m pleased that so many councillors of all parties and from all parts of the county have backed the Deal. It represents a comprehensive and integrated approach to addressing Oxfordshire’s severe housing shortage and infrastructure challenges.

It also demonstrates the Government’s commitment to working with Oxfordshire and recognises the critical role the county will play in driving forward the UK economy post-Brexit, attracting global investment.”

– Councillor Bob Price, Chair of the Oxfordshire Growth Board