Consultation on the vision for the Oxfordshire Plan (Oxfordshire Joint Statutory Spatial Plan) is now open, closes 25th March 2019.
This is a once in a generation opportunity to influence the development of Oxfordshire and ensure decisions are not wholly made by Government and developers.
At this stage the consultation looks at the Vision and Objectives, not specific targets. However, NNGO believes it’s critical to challenge the underlying assumptions:
- 300,000 more houses need to be built in Oxfordshire
- By 2050 an additional 558,000 will be living in Oxfordshire. In fact, under current plans this figure is more likely to be an additional 690,000 and therefore doubling the population of Oxfordshire.
- That a new Oxford-Cambridge Expressway will be built.
- That all of the above will create an Oxfordshire version of ‘Silicon Valley’.
NNGO fears these key elements have already been decided by the Oxfordshire Growth Board, or rather central government.
Find out more:
The consultation document sets out a series of aspirations, issues to consider, a vision and objectives to guide development in Oxfordshire to 2050.
Visit the Oxfordshire Plan 2050 website to read the document Introducing the Oxfordshire Plan and a series of Topic Papers which give more detailed information on specific areas e.g. housing.
Please note there is also a consultation running simultaneously on the Oxfordshire Plan 2050 Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report. Read NNGO’s response here.
The South Oxfordshire Local Plan is proposing housing way beyond what is required to meet local needs, putting our rural character – our countryside and communities – at risk. Nearly a third of the housing is allocated within the Oxford Green Belt, undermining its protection in contrast to stated Government policy.
Help us to challenge this Plan!
Download the CPRE guide – South Oxon LP Jan 19 – CPRE Oxon How to Respond
The Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) is currently preparing the Local Industrial Strategy for the county. The aim of the Local Industrial Strategy (LIS) is to create an economy that boosts productivity and earning power, a long term plan that provides a policy framework against which major private and public sector investment decisions are made.
NNGO says local people and sound planning principles, not an unaccountable quango and developers’ aspirations, should have a say on a strategy that will dictate future economic strategy for the county.
Peter Jay, Chairman of ROAR (Rural Oxfordshire Action Rally), says:
“There is no process for public consultation and it appears the strategy will only receive final endorsement from the Oxfordshire Growth Board after it has already been approved by Government. This is despite ‘Ideas’ and ‘People’ being the first of ‘five foundations of productivity’ on which the Industrial Strategy is based.”
NNGO wrote to Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Oxfordshire MPs and OxLEP asking that Oxfordshire’s Local Industrial Strategy is subject to full public consultation.
We asked our local decision makers Councillors to become familiar with the emerging detail of the JSSP and associated strategies and actively engage with your local communities about their needs and priorities for these, for communication into the JSSP process via council representatives and the appropriate project processes.