Ambition and innovation key to Oxfordshire Plan says public

The Oxfordshire Plan 2050 should be ambitious, creative and radical according to Oxfordshire’s community.

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.

In February we invited people and organisations in the county to have their say on our Introducing the Oxfordshire Plan 2050 document.

The document set out our vision and aspirations for the county as well as laying out the current context and issues such as housing affordability, inequality and congestion.

More than 1,200 comments were received during our first six-week public consultation.

We were told the Plan needed to reflect local people’s views while being as bold as possible.

And tackling climate change was one of the key priorities people wanted to see embedded in the Plan, along with looking at social and environmental wellbeing.

James Mills, chair of the Oxfordshire Plan Member Sub-Group and Leader of West Oxfordshire District Council, said: “We want this Plan to be the best it can be more the people of Oxfordshire so it was vital we hear from as many of you as possible.

“I’m delighted we had so many comments during our first public consultation but this is just the start of the conversation and as we continue to work on the Plan we will be working hard to ensure everyone gets the chance to have their say.”

All the comments received have now been processed and a summary has been published in our Regulation 18 (Part 1) Consultation Report, which you can read in full here: Reg 18 (Part 1) Consultation Report

The report also documents the various consultation activities undertaken to encourage and empower people to have their voice heard.

The comments are being used to help inform the plan-making process moving forwards.

You can sign up for updates about the Plan include notification of the next public consultation here: https://oxfordshireplan.inconsult.uk/consult.ti/system/register