New timetable proposed for Oxfordshire Plan 2050

The Oxfordshire Plan 2050 team has proposed a new timetable to carry out additional work to improve the final Plan.

Following negotiations with the Government, the new timeline has been put forward to allow us to continue to work together across all Oxfordshire’s authorities to produce the best Plan for the people of Oxfordshire.

The Plan is part of the £215m Housing & Growth Deal agreed by the Oxfordshire Growth Board with the Government and is being formed by all Oxfordshire’s authorities.

It will set out how best to deliver new homes and infrastructure and other improvements to achieve a better quality of life for all.

The next public consultation is now due to take place in Spring 2020, with a further consultation in Autumn 2020. The Plan will then be submitted in Spring 2021 with the aim it will be adopted by March 2022.

The change also allows the Plan to be better aligned in timing with linked projects including the Oxford to Cambridge Arc.

Councillor James Mills, leader of West Oxfordshire District Council and chair of the Oxfordshire Plan 2050 Member Sub-group, said:

“All of Oxfordshire’s authorities are committed to working together on the Oxfordshire Plan 2050 so we can help secure a better future for all.

“We know this is our chance to determine and define our future and as such we want to get it right.

“The new timeline gives us more time to achieve this and make sure the Plan is the best it can be.

“It’s also means we can better inform linked projects, such as the Oxford-Cambridge Arc, and plan accordingly for the opportunities they may create.”