Planning for Real Need not Speculator Greed in Oxfordshire
The growth strategy for Oxfordshire proposes 100,000 new houses by 2031, equivalent to two new cities the size of Oxford; plus 85,000 new jobs, and at least 200,000 more people, roughly a 30% increase in our population.
In order to meet these top-down targets rural Oxfordshire is being sacrificed. Yet the public have not been properly consulted.
We believe there is an alternative vision for the future of Oxfordshire – one that is not based on forced economic growth, but which focuses on meeting local people’s real needs.
Need not Greed Oxon is a campaign dedicated to protecting Oxfordshire’s rural environment, whilst recognising the development and infrastructure needs of our residents.
A CAMPAIGN CHALLENGING OXFORDSHIRE'S FORCED ECONOMIC GROWTH STRATEGY
A “growth at all costs” policy has led to a county plan that envisages building at virtually double any previous rate, and threatens to overwhelm our infrastructure, services, landscape and communities.
Put simply, the growth strategy is the biggest threat to rural Oxfordshire in our history and its impact would be irreversible.
Need not Greed Oxon is a coalition of local groups and individuals that have come together to campaign for a future that respects the views of local people, plans for “need not greed” and protects the environment.
We want local people to have a real voice in the debate on the future of Oxfordshire.
Oxfordshire’s six local councils have agreed to work together to produce a Joint Statutory Spatial Plan (JSSP). The plan will look at the County’s growth in a co-ordinated, long term way and put an end to speculative development. It gives an opportunity to plan for the development we need across the whole canvas of the […]
In recent years, speculative developers have made hay across Oxfordshire when our local authorities have fallen foul of rules which say they have to be able to prove a 5 year supply of deliverable housing. The Oxfordshire Growth Board is now looking to negotiate with Government to reduce the rules for Oxfordshire to a 3 […]
NNGO has long called for changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and therefore welcomed the Government’s recent consultation on a revised approach. Sadly, there was no attempt to abandon the punitive 5 Year Housing Supply rules or increase pressure on developers to stick to their promises on affordable housing, but instead the potential […]
NNGO wrote to all candidates in the run up to the local elections, we asked local councillors to pledge support for our campaign to restore a proper balance between local democracy and planning principles on one hand and growth on the other. Read the letter sent:Letter to Local Election Candidates – April 18 FINAL A […]
"We want to see the right houses, in the right place, for the right people and at the right cost - this campaign will help us to achieve this in Oxfordshire."
Peter Jay, Chairman of ROAR
"Many local groups around the county are currently fighting lonely battles against aggressive developers wanting to build on inappropriate sites, and often losing - by supporting this campaign, local groups can engage with the bigger picture and have a better chance of saving rural Oxfordshire."
Helen Marshall, Director of CPRE Oxfordshire