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I know we all agree that West Oxfordshire needs more affordable homes - to rent or buy.  However, these new homes must be at the right price in the right place, and any new development must come with the extra infrastructure needed to support it.

It is essential that any new homes must not ruin the unique character of our towns and villages.  Excessive numbers of houses must not threaten the nature of our rural area - and speculative development must end.

A very good example of housing that is well thought-out, compliments the local area, and with a strong affordable element is the Home Farm development in Bladon, which I visited recently.  Homes here have been built to a high standard that complement, not crowd, the village. This partnership between the Sovereign Housing Association and Blenheim Estates shows what can be done when we all work together.

I have met many local West Oxfordshire businesses  - Stewart Milne Timber Systems and Ede Homes, for example - who are creating innovative solutions to building more housing that compliments our area, and I look forward to the growth of their businesses and ideas.

The way to ensure the end of speculative development is through the creation of a well-thought out and fully-evidenced Local Plan.  I am glad that West Oxfordshire District Council has now submitted their plan for inspection; this is occurring during the summer of 2017.  This will do much more to enable people protect the area that we live and work in.

I will continue to scrutinise planning policy to make sure it works for us.  I will not hesitate to continue to speak out if the unique charm of West Oxfordshire is threatened.

The Government's white paper which plans to fix Britain's broken housing market clearly shows that we are making the hard decisions to ensure that the market works for us all.

I have responded to the consultation in full, which you are welcome to read here.

I await eargerly the outcome of the white paper, and do please contact me if there are any further issues you wish me to raise.

02 MAY 2017

Robert Courts MP responds to the Government's white paper on housing

I have today submitted my formal response to the Government's 'Fixing the Broken Housing Market' white paper, which suggests exciting ways in which the Government will enable more houses to be built, more quickly and more affordably for the younger generation which need them.

You can read my full response here, and I welcome any comments from constituents.

This is the first step to fixing an issue which is particularly felt here in West Oxfordshire.  

05 APR 2017

Oxford Mail - New Witney MP Robert Courts says Blenheim Palace homes are a 'great' example of proper development

Robert Courts MP visits fantastic new development in Bladon, delivering afforable homes for the community.

Read this article in full here.

31 MAR 2017

Robert Courts MP visits Stewart Milne Timber Systems

Leading timber construction company Stewart Milne are based right here in Witney; great to visit their factory and learn about their work & contribution to industry & the economy.

I am proud to have companies such as Stewart Milne based here in West Oxfordshire. During my visit, I was able to see first-hand how they are providing innovative solutions to tackling the current homes shortage. Stewart Milne's offsite construction of timber frames is a great example of how more affordable homes can be built quickly. Building on the Government's recent White Paper, I look forward to working closely with the company to see what changes can be made to encourage further progress in this area.

31 MAR 2017

Sovereign Homes and Blenheim welcome Robert Courts at the Home Farm in Bladon

Sovereign Homes & Blenheim have made some beautiful, affordable homes at Home Farm in Bladon; I support plans for homes that people can afford & which complement our villages. I have promised to make sure that West Oxfordshire has housing development which works for all over us.

We must ensure our children aren't priced out of their own community. However, I do not want large scale unsustainable development that destroys West Oxfordshire's unique local character or our countryside. Any new homes must come with the schools places and health services to support them. The Home Farm development in Bladon is an excellent example of this.

27 FEB 2017

New methods of construction

Today, I raised a question with the Minister for Housing about the benefits of custom built homes, which can be built more quickly and cheaply.  The Minister agreed that new methods such as this are a way to get vital new homes built.

Read this full exchange here.


Maiden Speech 30th November 2016

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