‘Councillors should be given the right to debate the future growth of Oxfordshire’ says Need Not Greed

generic-news-2In a Press Release issued this week (see below), the Need not Greed Oxon coalition calls on all District and County Councillors to have the opportunity to speak out on the overly aggressive growth figures that will damage our county.

The coalition has learnt that the revised Economic Plan for Oxfordshire – the Strategic Economic Plan – which outlines plans for 85,000 new jobs and 100,000 new houses, is in most cases only likely to be considered by local authority Cabinet meetings, not at Full Council meetings.Read more …

OxLEP publish revised draft of SEP

SEP-02OxLEP has published the revised version of the draft Strategic Economic Plan (SEP).

The latest draft is available via the OxLEP website.

There is also a version (linked from the above page) with tracked changes.

Need not Greed Oxon is currently considering the implications of these revisions and how we should respond, in particular what actions are needed to generate a robust challenge to local authorities as they go through this process.

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NNGO believe OxLEP has glossed over serious concerns raised by Local Authorities on the SEP Refresh

generic-news-2Need not Greed Oxfordshire has written to all local authority officers representated on the SEP Steering Group, expressing our concern that there are serious discrepancies between local authority responses to the consultation on the SEP Refresh and the OxLEP summary of responses.

Recent NNGO research, which compares local authority responses with the summary provided in the OxLEP Report on Responses, reveals that the reservations raised by local authorities in their responses on the SEP Refresh have not been fully reflected in OxLEP’s summary.

See: NNGO – Local authority responses to consultation on SEP refresh – an overview

We believe the OxLEP Report which summarises comments from local authorities, is not reflective of the detailed and often critical responses provided by local authorities. Indeed, we maintain that the OxLEP Report glosses over the many real concerns that local authorities have raised about the SEP refresh.Read more …

OxLEP revise their timetable for SEP Refresh in light of Brexit


The timetable for publishing the final SEP has been pushed back by several weeks in the light of Brexit, meaning SEP 2016 will now be signed and launched in October/November.

According to OxLEP this is to allow ‘more time to gather information and to gain an understanding’ from Government around plans for the European Structural Investment Fund allocation to Oxfordshire of 19.3 million Euros for the period 2014 to 2020.

These funds are directed towards supporting businesses and for skills and social inclusion activities and thus are an important element of OxLEP’s work in supporting the local economy.

See the revised SEP Timetable.

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