Consultation on the vision for the Oxfordshire Plan (Oxfordshire Joint Statutory Spatial Plan) 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.
Visit Oxfordshire Plan 2050 website: https://oxfordshireplan.inconsult.uk/consult.ti/Oxfordshire_Plan_Intro/consultationHome
Please respond, there are three ways to have your say:
1 Respond by making comments on the consultation document https://oxfordshireplan.inconsult.uk/consult.ti/Oxfordshire_Plan_Intro/viewCompoundDoc?docid=10669236
Respond quickly: copy and paste the suggested text below into the introduction section.
Create your own response: see the NNGO response above to learn more and prepare your own response.
2 Respond by filling in the online questionnaire
3 Send the suggested text below direct to firstname.lastname@example.org
The proposed level of growth would be transformational to Oxfordshire and have huge environmental and social impacts, and yet there is no open public debate – the growth targets for this Plan are already assumed.
* Growth must be justified in terms of the benefits it will bring, and how, and not as an end in itself.
* This Plan is predicated on getting large numbers of people to move to Oxfordshire. Where are the social equity implications for Oxfordshire and other parts of the UK being considered?
* Sustainability should be embedded more firmly as a core objective in the strategy, with environmental and social sustainability given at least equal status to that of economic growth.
* The complex timetabling of the Oxfordshire Plan 2050, and its relations to key decisions about the Expressway, need urgent clarification.
* The governance and accountability for the Oxfordshire Plan 2050 needs to be more transparent and locally accountable.
* There must be transparency on how the responses to this consultation are to be used and how the next stages of the Plan process are subsequently revisited, improved and refined.
* A publicly accessible interactive map of the whole County should be prepared showing the impact of all the proposed developments.
* The requirements of our ‘climate emergency’ are underplayed throughout the document and should be given much greater prominence.
* There are a number of differences between the consultation document signed off by our local councils and the final publication version. This process requires explanation.
* We need a commitment to a fully funded and robust green infrastructure strategy and action plan.