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Need not Greed Oxon

Tuesday, 07 June 2016 11:34

CPRE Oxfordshire has helped to set up a new campaign – Need not Greed Oxon (NNGO) – to challenge Oxfordshire’s forced economic growth strategy and to fight for a future that respects the views of local people, plans for ‘need not greed’ and protects the environment. The campaign is run by a coalition of local community groups from across the county. CPRE provides the Secretariat.

Need not Greed Oxon - Planning for Real Need not Speculator Greed in Oxfordshire

Help us to challenge Oxfordshire’s forced economic growth strategy

CPRE Oxfordshire has helped to set up a new campaign – Need not Greed Oxon (NNGO) – to challenge Oxfordshire’s forced economic growth strategy and to fight for a future that respects the views of local people, plans for ‘need not greed’ and protects the environment. The campaign is run by a coalition of local community groups from across the county. CPRE provides the Secretariat.

The Issue

A “growth at all costs” policy has led to a county plan that envisages building at virtually double any previous rate, and threatens to overwhelm our infrastructure, services, landscape and communities.

The growth strategy for Oxfordshire proposes 100,000 new houses by 2031, equivalent to two new cities the size of Oxford; plus 85,000 new jobs, and at least 200,000 more people, roughly a 30% increase in our population.

In order to meet these top-down targets rural Oxfordshire is being sacrificed. Yet the public have not been properly consulted.

Put simply, the growth strategy is the biggest threat to rural Oxfordshire in our history and its impact would be irreversible.

Our vision

We believe there is an alternative vision for the future of Oxfordshire – one that is not based on forced economic growth, but which focuses on meeting local people’s real needs.

We are campaigning for a future that respects the views of local people, plans for “need not greed” and protects the rural character of Oxfordshire.

We’re campaigning for:

• carefully meeting the need to house an increase in Oxfordshire’s population of about 10% by 2031 (more in line with the national average growth projections)
• the right kind of houses, in the right place, for the right people (those in real need), and at the right price (for rental or purchase)
• infrastructure that is exploited to the full, but avoiding overstretch, with investment in public transport
• focused development, prioritising brownfield sites, respecting the views of local communities and recognising the value of our environment
• support for a range of sectors, including rural businesses, tied to local employment needs (Oxfordshire currently has virtually full employment)
• sustainable development, serving the needs and interests of our residents.

We are campaigning against:

• an imposed “growth at all costs” approach that only benefits speculators
• 30% population growth by 2031, and housebuilding more than double any rate previously achieved (100,000 new houses by 2031 = 2 new Oxfords)
• unaffordable, inappropriate estates not co-located with jobs
• infrastructure pushed beyond its capacity leading to congestion, flooding, pollution and pressure on our natural resources (water, gas, minerals etc.)
• the imposition of a dreamt up 85,000 jobs by 2031, irrespective of local employment needs (job creation needs to be more in line with national average population growth projections of 10%)
• unsustainable development promoted by the undemocratic Local Enterprise Partnership.

What you can do

• Visit our website to find out more:

http://www.neednotgreedoxon.org.uk/

• Sign up to our e-campaign update:

http://www.neednotgreedoxon.org.uk/newsletter/

• Please support us by making a donation. Your donation will be held and managed by CPRE Oxfordshire and will help pay for publicity and other costs in the NNGO campaign:

https://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/cpreoxon/neednotgreedoxon

 

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