How to help get the homes Oxford needs

Oxford YIMBYs are people who will say “Yes, we need more well planned housing here", and want to do what they can to make it happen. YIMBY stands for "Yes in my back yard", as opposed to NIMBYs - those who oppose development in their back yards.

We've been meeting most weeks since our first call to action appeared in the Oxford Times, and to stay up to date with what we are doing, email

Housing is both a local and national issue, but Oxford is unique, because it is, or at least should be, such a great place to live, with many exciting job opportunities. Unfortunately, for those in their 20s and 30s, paying rent, it is cripplingly expensive.

Three months on, we are defining priorities.

Most important is to keep the focus local. There is no end of talk nationally about the housing crisis, but everywhere is different. We can make a difference by bringing together the facts about housing in Oxford, and refining the arguments. We want to use the IT and data skills of the generation afflicted by Oxford’s housing crisis to build databases, and map the issues. 

But there are many other local groups who understand the need for more well planned housing, and we are reaching out to them. We need to learn from them.

We need to understand what helps, and what hinders, getting more well planned housing, and act where it is most effective.

So we are also:

  • making formal responses to consultations
  • writing letters to the press
  • sending emails to councillors
  • tweeting
  • giving talks
  • contributing to the discussion with other local groups

but we know there is more we can do.

That is where we need your help.