Public Meeting – Growth at all costs? Thame Town Hall – May 11th

generic-news-2You are invited to a Public Meeting at Thame Town Hall, Wednesday 11th May, 6.30 – 8.30pm.

Need not Greed Oxon has been invited by Thame Town Parish to give a presentation on the campaign, its origins and objectives, and our work around the OxLEP public consultation on the Strategic Economic Plan.

Speakers will include:

Helen Marshall, Director, CPRE Oxfordshire

Dr Sue Roberts, South Oxfordshire Sustainability (SOS)

Professor Richard Harding, Chairman, CPRE Wallingford District

The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

Chair: John Gordon, South Oxfordshire Sustainability (SOS)

All welcome!

The meeting will be held in the Upper Chamber, Thame Town Hall, Thame, OX9 3DP.

How to get there

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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.

This isn’t good enough! We believe local people should be given a proper opportunity to have their say on the future of our county.Read more …

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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