We build high-quality, beautiful and sustainable homes that people in Oxford can actually afford to own and rent. We are OX Place, part of Oxford City Council.
Oxford needs homes and Oxford City Council is committed to building them.
In 2016, Oxford City Council established OX Place as its own housing company to create high-quality, genuinely affordable homes in the City.
At OX Place, we’re responsible for building the homes local people need. Our profits are invested back into the city, to provide essential services for local people, and into building more homes for people who need them.
We build homes you can buy outright, as well as homes you can buy a percentage of, known as shared ownership homes. This scheme gives people the chance to get on to the property ladder by buying a share of a home and renting the rest. With shared ownership you can buy more shares of your home in future. Sometimes you will be able to own it outright.
And we build council-owned rented homes for those who need a safe, high-quality, affordable rental home in the city. In some cases, these are for people who can’t afford to buy, in others, it’s so we can provide affordable homes for key workers, such as nurses, doctors, university researchers and local school teachers who may need to live in the city while they’re training, but then move away.
We’re building sustainable homes.
Oxford City Council has committed to being a net Zero city. Homes are responsible for 30% of a city’s carbon emissions, so getting our homes right is key to us achieving our ambitions.
Sustainable homes are also cheaper to run. They stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. They harness renewable energy technology and they’re built using high quality materials.
Because of the way we’re set up, we don’t work like traditional property developers.
We’re owned by Oxford City Housing Ltd. which is part of Oxford City Council and we want the best for our city and its people. We are invested in the future and will be around for many years to come to see the communities that we build, grow and thrive.
We need to make a profit – part of the purpose of OX Place is to generate funding for frontline services and develop further high-quality, genuinely affordable homes in the city.
We focus on improving brownfield sites. It isn’t easy, but it protects our green belt. Because of the way we are set up, we can invest in high-quality building materials and renewable energy and still provide homes that are genuinely affordable.
We’re turning the national housebuilding narrative on its head. Elsewhere, we keep hearing that high-quality, affordable homes aren’t possible. At OX Place, we’re proving that they are not only possible, but a reality for a growing number of people in Oxford.