You have until 27 May to have your say on the county’s forced economic growth plan!


OxLEP – Oxfordshire’s Local Enterprise Partnership – the unelected quango that is driving the economic growth in our county – is holding a public consultation on the ‘Refresh’ of the Strategic Economic Plan (SEP).

The consultation runs until Friday 27 May and is being hosted on the OxLEP website.

The public were not consulted on the original SEP – the economic strategy for Oxfordshire. When it was drafted in 2014, OxLEP promised a public consultation on its growth plans, but cancelled this due to ‘lack of time’!

But while the public are finally being given the opportunity to comment on some aspects of the Plan, the overall growth targets are not up for debate.

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Over 400 Woodstock residents turn out to vote against plans for homes

woodstockOn 14 April, 85% of residents polled in Woodstock voted for greenfields on the south-eastern edge of the town to be protected from a controversial development of 1,500 homes.

411 people voted to protect it, while 73 people said they did not want it saved from new homes.

Town councillor Sharone Parnes said of the result: “I’m very pleased that the people of Woodstock had the opportunity to consider their position on this.

“It’s useful to see what people are thinking. It was an inspirational exercise for the community; from the point of the town meeting when they demanded the poll and the way the District Council conducted it with real energy.”

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Support the ROAR Rally, Saturday 30 April, 11.00, Woodstock

roarRural Oxfordshire Action Rally (ROAR), a founding member of the Need not Greed Oxon coalition, is organising a Rally on Saturday 30 April, at 11.00am, outside Woodstock Town Hall.

The theme of the Rally is ‘You are not alone’. Local communities from all over Oxfordshire and beyond are facing the same threats – inappropriate development on greenfields on the edge of villages and towns, the Oxford Green Belt and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, because of the forced economic growth strategy for the county. The purpose of this Rally is to demonstrate the scale and the ubiquity of the problem.

Please come along and show your support!

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Only half of County’s proposed housing to meet ‘local needs’ – Call for open debate on growth targets

SEP-02A new study commissioned by Need not Greed Oxon finds that fewer than half of the homes proposed for Oxfordshire over the next 15 years are needed to meet local demand.

Local councils have committed Oxfordshire to providing 100,000 new houses by 2031, the equivalent of two new Oxfords, however a report by Alan Wenban-Smith, a leading planning consultant, suggests that, even allowing for a normal pattern of jobs growth, just 45,000 houses would be required over that time to meet ‘local needs‘.

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