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.


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The Issue

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.

The Campaign

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.


Oxford Local Plan Reg 19 Consultation, Jan 2024 – NNGO Response

Q4. Please tell us below why you consider the document to be unsound, not legally compliant or fails to comply with the duty to co-operate. If you do believe the document is sound, legally compliant, or complies with the duty to co-operate you may use the box to explain why. Despite its title, this policy […]

Cherwell Local Plan 2040 – have your say by 3 Nov

The Cherwell Local Plan 2040 is out for consultation until this<strong> Friday 3 November</strong>. See: <a id=”LPlnk950354″ class=”x_OWAAutoLink” href=”″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”></a> If you just have a few minutes, see the main part of NNGO’s response, where there are some clear bullet points that you could copy, put into your own words and send to: <strong>E:</strong> […]

Don’t let Oxford City dictate our county’s future

Oxford City is consulting on future housing numbers.  This will dictate levels of development not just in the City but in surrounding Districts too. See: Closes 27 March 2023. We say “Need not greed should drive Oxfordshire’s future” Oxfordshire Housing & Economic Needs Assessment – An NNGO Analysis Oxford City Council’s approach is based […]

An Opportunity to Scrap 5 Year Housing Supply Rules

The punitive 5 Year Housing Supply rules have been the source of much inappropriate development in Oxfordshire over the last few years and continue to be a very real threat. These rules state that if a local authority cannot prove it has a 5 year deliverable supply of housing, then it becomes much harder for […]

Peter-Jay"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

Helen-Marshall"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