Launched in early 2021, ‘Meanwhile in Oxfordshire’ is a programme that will aim to transform underused space in Oxfordshire’s urban centres.
The number of vacant units on Oxfordshire’s high streets has steadily increased in recent years, yet there is no shortage of people and organisations in need of affordable space.
Over the course of the next year, we will be working to identify, secure, fit out and let up to 30 vacant units to local, independent and community-driven organisations on short-term or ‘meanwhile’ leases. Not only will ‘Meanwhile in Oxfordshire’ support independent organisations and the local economy, but it will diversify our urban centres, giving people even more reasons to visit.
The programme was developed by Oxford City Council, with funding secured by OxLEP from the central government’s Getting Building Fund. We’ve partnered with Wild Property, Transition by Design, SOHA Housing, Fusion Arts, Aspire Oxfordshire and Independent Oxford to deliver ‘Meanwhile in Oxfordshire’.