Are We Building Enough New Homes?

Since the 1970s, housing starts and completions across England and Wales have largely been on a downward trajectory.

The long-run average (over the last 50 years) for starts and completions has been around 190,000 per annum but after the global financial crisis lows of 93,000 (starts) per annum and 113,000 per annum (completions) had been reached.

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How has the affordability of Oxfordshire housing changed over the last 14 years?

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) have just released their latest figures regarding housing affordability ratios. These are calculated by dividing house prices by gross annual residence-based earnings and can be used to track how affordable average homes are across Oxfordshire. Continue reading “How has the affordability of Oxfordshire housing changed over the last 14 years?”

Is building homes in factories the solution to the UK housing crisis?

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The chronic shortage of housing supply in the UK relative to demand has been a national issue for decades. The Government are committed to delivering a million new homes by 2020. Yet with limited land availability, rising costs and shortage of skilled labour the government and the house building industry need to become innovative with regards to how housing is built if those targets are to be met. Continue reading “Is building homes in factories the solution to the UK housing crisis?”

A Tale of 2 Towns – an in-depth look at the West-Oxfordshire Property Market

Are there fundamental differences in the Witney vs Carterton property markets? Let’s take a look. Both situated in rural West Oxfordshire and just under 6 miles apart you’d think they’d be very similar. Start scratching beneath the surface and some key differences start to appear: Continue reading “A Tale of 2 Towns – an in-depth look at the West-Oxfordshire Property Market”

House prices are set to grow by 3.4% in 2017

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The OBR (Office for Budget Responsibility) predict that house prices will increase by 3.4% during 2017. This would make the average home across England and Wales £236,890 by the end of the year, a rise in value of £7,789. Continue reading “House prices are set to grow by 3.4% in 2017”

The Impact of Building Houses vs Flats

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The balance of new build flats and houses swings dramatically over time at the national level. While we would expect to see differences between localities based on their size, setting and the dynamics of their local population the impact of government policy on the type of homes we build is highly significant. Continue reading “The Impact of Building Houses vs Flats”

Looking back – Witney property prices have performed well above average in recent times

I recently wrote about the benefits of living and working in West Oxfordshire and, in particular, Witney. I thought it would be worth reflecting on how the property market has performed and look in detail at the Witney market. Over the last 10+ years, it’s unsurprising that the South-East has been the best performing region excluding London: Continue reading “Looking back – Witney property prices have performed well above average in recent times”

Witney & West Oxfordshire Housing Development Update

burford-high-streetThere’s an awful lot going on currently as the next iteration of the Local Plan 2031 continues to take shape. This will impact the delivery of housing in Witney and West Oxfordshire from the immediate term and into the future. Witney itself has more than doubled its population in the last 30 years with significant extensions to the north, west and east of the town. Continue reading “Witney & West Oxfordshire Housing Development Update”