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.
A CAMPAIGN CHALLENGING OXFORDSHIRE'S FORCED ECONOMIC GROWTH STRATEGY
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.
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.
‘Oxfordshire’s Party Political Leaders agree: the planning system needs fixing’ – NNGO Press Release
In the run-up to the County Council elections this Thursday (4 May), members of the Need not Greed Oxfordshire coalition met with all the local Leaders of the main political parties. NNGO believes Oxfordshire is facing a planning crisis, and so we wanted to know what the Leaders plan to do to fix this. We […]
In February, the government issued a white paper – ‘Fixing our broken housing market‘, setting out a broad range of plans to help reform the housing market and boost the supply of new homes. The consultation ends today (2 May). Need not Greed Oxfordshire has submitted a response to the consultation (see below).
On Friday 17 March, the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) launched its revised Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) for the county. Despite strong public demands for the overall growth targets in the Plan to be reconsidered, OxLEP has not compromised; the refreshed Plan contains the same housing and jobs targets outlined in the original SEP of […]
Councillors have rebelled against their own council policy as they reject a controversial development in Sutton Courtenay. On 1 March, Vale of White Horse District Council’s planning committee thwarted Redrow’s plan to build 200 homes in Sutton Courtenay, despite the site’s inclusion in the council’s Local Plan Part One. Councillors argued the site’s location next […]
"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
"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