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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.

06 FEB 2018

Robert Courts MP Speaks up for Community-led Planning

Robert Courts MP contributed to a recent Parliamentary debate on 'Housing and Planning in the Green Belt', where he spoke up for the interests of West Oxfordshire. Robert emphasised the need for local communities to be deeply involved in the planning process and how it is essential that new development is not a burden on local infrastructure and services.

Watch Robert's speech in full below:

04 DEC 2017

Oxford Mail - Oxfordshire MP marks official opening of affordable housing scheme

Robert Courts MP welcommed the launch of the new affordable housing development in Kingham.

Read this article in full here.

04 DEC 2017

Inside Housing - Robert Courts MP presses Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in Parliament

Robert Courts MP questioned Sajid Javid about landlords passing on the cost of removing cladding onto leasholders.

Read this article in full here.

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.

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