If you want a say on what our County will be like for future generations, please act now!
The Oxfordshire Growth Board is currently consulting, until 25 March, on the Oxfordshire Plan 2050 (the Oxfordshire Joint Statutory Spatial Plan). This will set out the development framework for the county for the next generation.
At this stage, the consultation is on the Vision and Objectives, and does not include specific targets. However, we believe the underlying assumptions must be challenged now, otherwise the Plan will be fundamentally flawed
Our question is – Who is the plan for?
It takes as read the 100,000 houses our Local Councils have already signed up to deliver by the mid-2030s (in exchange for £215 million from the Government) – a 40% growth in housing stock. Although not spelt out in the Plan, after 2031, the Oxford-Cambridge growth corridor proposals envisage another 250,000 or so houses – doubling Oxfordshire’s housing stock and population by 2050.
The inevitable conclusion is that this is not a plan for us – Oxfordshire residents of a rural county – but a plan for developers and big business.
The countryside is not just a ‘nice to have’ – it is a social good in its own right, providing food, water, clean air and more, and vital to our physical and mental well-being.
This shouldn’t be about how much development we can cram in over the next 30 years.
It should be about what Oxfordshire actually needs and how that can best be accommodated over time, within its social and environmental limits.
This plan should be led by the needs of existing Oxfordshire residents and their families, working to ensure that anyone living in Oxfordshire in 2050 can still experience and enjoy the rural character of the county that exists today
We hope that you will take the time to read CPRE Oxfordshire’s detailed commentary on the consultation document, which sets out our concerns, and our ambitions in far more detail. We would be happy to discuss these with you in more detail, as required.
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CPRE Oxfordshire’s detailed commentary on the Oxfordshire Plan 2050 Vision document is available on our website here:
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To see the Oxfordshire Plan 2050 Vision document and to register your comments by 25 March.