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.


Local Industrial Strategy – local people should have had a say

Need Not Greed Oxfordshire says the Local Industrial Strategy (LIS), signed off by Government today, has been prepared by an unaccountable quango based on developers’ aspirations. The strategy will influence the scale of growth that the Oxfordshire Plan 2050 will deliver and is likely to generate an uplift in future housing targets. It sets a […]

Scrap the Expressway say POETS

POETS (Planning Oxfordshire’s Environment & Transport Sustainably) have called for plans to build an Expressway between Oxford and Cambridge to be scrapped immediately.  Instead, opening of the rail line between the two cities should be brought forward and be electrified from the outset. At the same time, new housing in Oxfordshire should be located where […]

The Local Industrial Strategy

NNGO understands that the draft Local Industrial Strategy (LIS) is currently with Government for consideration. The Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) has prepared 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 […]

Local Elections Thursday 2nd May 2019

Which candidates will put NEED above GREED? Local elections are taking place in Cherwell, South Oxfordshire, Vale of White Horse and West Oxfordshire districts. Visit your District Council website to find out more, including candidates, Wards and number of seats (see links below). Need Not Greed Oxfordshire have put together some questions you may want […]

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