Public consultations on the Arc and Oxon 2050

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You are invited to contribute to two current public consultations, on the Oxford-Cambridge Arc and the Oxfordshire Plan 2050.

The Arc is a globally significant area between Oxford, Milton Keynes and Cambridge. It is formed of five ceremonial counties: Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire. The government and local partners see “an opportunity to build a better economic, social and environmental future for the area, with high-quality, well-connected and sustainable communities making the Arc an even more beautiful place to live, work and visit”. There is an opportunity to provide your views on what the vision for the future growth of the Arc should be to 2050; the consultation closes on 12 October and you may respond online at https://placebuilder.io/futureofthearc 

The Oxfordshire Plan is a long term vision to 2050 and considers addressing climate change, improving environmental quality, creating strong and healthy communities, sustainable travel, and creating jobs and providing homes. It is a joint plan shared by six Oxfordshire authorities. It will consider the needs of the whole county regarding housing needs and infrastructure. This consultation closes on 8 October and you may respond online at https://www.oxfordshireopenthought.org/

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) have put out some information that they feel is important to be included in responses to the Oxfordshire Plan consultation in order to protect the countryside. You can access this information on http://www.cpreoxon.org.uk/news/item/2874-oxfordshire-plan-2050-why-care-about-the-futureof-our-county should  you wish to look into this further; it may help to provide details of planning law that can make responses to the consultation stronger.

Cherwell Local Plan Review

Residents will also be interested in the Cherwell Local Plan, which will identify potential development sites within the Sibfords and numbers of houses to be built. A public consultation on this starts on 29 September and runs to 10 November; we will post more information on this website about how to respond as soon as we have the details.