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.


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

RESPOND TO THE ONLINE OXLEP CONSULTATION HERE 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 […]

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

On 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: […]

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

Rural 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 […]

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