What Are The Alternatives For New Housing?
- CPRE research shows there are enough derelict (brownfield) sites available and suitable for building at least a million new homes. There are brownfield sites within SODC and the Vale district councils
- CPRE research shows that England’s major house builders are sitting on huge areas of land with planning permission which could provide over 280,000 new homes.
- CPRE research shows that long-term empty houses could provide homes for an additional 300,000 families.
- there is a large greenfield site within SODC boundaries OUTSIDE Green Belt which could offer more than enough homes to avoid destroying Culham’s Green Belt.
- Didcot’s development as a Garden Town can provide a much more sustainable community.
- there is a step-change idea to encourage ‘custom splitting’ due to massive under-occupation of many houses. It has been seen that if one marries up those who desire to downsize with those who want a new build or affordable home, existing homes could be sub-divided and given a green re-fit to provide two homes on one plot. The Intergenerational Foundation believe that 4.4mllion houses could easily be subdivided (Unlocking England’s Hidden Homes). See here for more info.