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.


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The Issue

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.

The Campaign

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.


OxIS public engagement programme – have your say!

Have your say on the impact of growth and related infrastructure priorities in Oxfordshire – consultation closes on 10 September. The Oxfordshire Infrastructure Strategy (OxIS) is an independent report commissioned by Oxfordshire’s six councils who make up the Oxfordshire Growth Board. The aim of the strategy is to set out the investment in transport, schools, […]

Gavray Meadows saved – for now!

Cherwell District Council Planning Committee last week turned down the current planning application for Gavray Meadows in Bicester (15/00837/OUT). Their decision rested on the fact that the developer, Gallagher refused to put in place funding and a management plan for the Local Wild Life site as required by the Cherwell District Council regulations under the National […]

Gavray Meadows in Bicester threatened by development

A planning application goes to Cherwell District Council this Thursday (18 May) for 180 houses on an arable field that lies within the River Ray Conservation Target Area (CTA) – next to a Local Wildlife Site (LWS), important for wildlife and one of the few remaining wildlife habitats in Bicester (not to mention green lungs in […]

Peter-Jay"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

Helen-Marshall"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