Oxfordshire Plan 2050 and Business
‘Oxfordshire Plan 2050 – why the business voice needs to be heard’
The Oxfordshire Plan 2050 team is working with the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) to hold a special, live online Q&A for businesses on Thursday 29 July 2021 from 8.30am to 10am.
‘Oxfordshire Plan 2050 – why the business voice needs to be heard’ will feature a number of high-profile Oxfordshire business leaders who will outline why it’s vital that the county’s business community engage with Oxfordshire Plan 2050, helping to shape a future economy that is viable for many and creates opportunities for all communities – whether local, national or international.
The event will take the form of a Q&A session with a range of business representatives answering questions – an allocated slot for the event will also be made for businesses to ask their questions too.
The event will be broadcast live via OxLEP’s Go to Webinar platform – we also use a recording of the event too and will stream it via the OxLEP YouTube channel post-event. You can find out more and register for the event of the OxLEP website.
Why does it matter for Oxfordshire businesses?
Oxfordshire has a dynamic and creative economy which leads the world in science, technology and innovation, which creates jobs across Oxfordshire and the rest of the UK. It is complemented by strong business sectors in healthcare, engineering and education and also has attractions, heritage and cultural assets which are internationally recognised and sustains thousands of jobs and small businesses in every part of the county.
It is vital that we put in place the right infrastructure (both physical and digital), create the right environment to retain and attract talent and encourage our young people and entrepreneurial minds to flourish, as well as embracing and leveraging the opportunities that a zero-carbon future will create for everyone in Oxfordshire.
It’s critical, therefore, for businesses to understand and shape the Plan, ensuring they have confidence to invest in Oxfordshire’s future which will generate good well-paid jobs, whilst also maintaining the county’s rich environmental landscape and improve the well-being of local residents and communities.
What’s in the Plan?
The next stage of the Plan consultation launches on Friday 30 July 2021 and will last for ten weeks until Sunday 10 October 2021. The consultation document contains suggested policies focusing on five main themes:
Creating jobs and providing homes
Oxfordshire is ambitious for its economy and is forwards looking. The Oxfordshire Plan seeks to help Oxfordshire to position to meet global challenges and secure new economic opportunities. With significant sector strengths in life sciences, high-performance engineering and R&D, local opportunities include ensuring we are reducing inequalities and ensuring all citizens have an opportunity to access new local jobs as well as advanced skills and education. Over the 30-year duration of this Plan, new affordable housing in Oxfordshire will both reduce the need to travel long distances to work, and through the provision of a wider range of house types help to ensure that the workforce of Oxfordshire companies can live in the County and economic success is not held back. Equally, new and renewed business premises will extend the capacity available of floorspace, employment and in Oxfordshire.
Planning for sustainable travel and connectivity
Addressing climate change
Creating strong and healthy communities
The Oxfordshire Plan could set out a range of policies or principles that will help to plan for and shape communities that are strong, healthy, and cohesive. These could include high standards for developments to adhere to such as ensuring all new developments meet Garden Town and Garden Village standards, implementing healthy place-shaping principals for strategic-scale development, and also requiring Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) to be undertaken for certain new development.
Improving environmental quality
People will be invited to give their view on the Plan document overall as well as give their feedback on individual policies should they wish.
How can I get involved?
The next Oxfordshire Plan 2050 consultation launches on Friday 30 July. You can find out more about the consultation, access the consultation document, see when the various webinars are taking place and sign up to our mailing list on our consultation page.