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Throughout the autumn 2018 CPRE Oxfordshire held a number of public events to raise awareness of the Joint Statutory Spatial Plan process and encourage our decision-makers to engage properly with local communities.

Attached below are presentations from some of those meetings.

Cllr Will Hall, South Oxfordshire JSSP meeting 19 Nov 2018 
Helen Marshall, Director CPRE Oxfordshire, South Oxfordshire JSSP meeting 19 Nov 2018

Public consultation on the JSSP is expected in March 2019, in the meantime write to your local councillors telling them that the JSSP is important but it will only be successful if it genuinely engages with local people, including a say on overall growth targets.

Don't know who your local representatives are? You can find out here: https://www.writetothem.com/

At CPRE Oxfordshire we have been giving some thought to what we believe the JSSP should cover. Our vision for how it should deliver the right development in the right place is set out in the principles below.

Local people must be in the driving seat, it is their needs that should take priority.

Housing numbers should be based on the Government's household projections, which already allow for the natural growth of the existing population and a share of migration. Arbitrary increases to reflect entirely notional and unwarranted growth targets are not acceptable.

Genuinely affordable housing, available in perpetuity, is the critical need.

There should be a clear hierachy for locating development, putting urban, brownfield sites first. At the other end of the spectrum are our three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Oxford Green Belt, where development should only take place under genuinely exceptional circumstances.

The Oxford Green Belt's role as a constraint for development is more vital today than ever, helping to protect the setting and character of the city, which is fundamentally unsuitable to be a large-scale metropolis.

Outside designated areas, organic growth proportional to existing settlements is acceptable, provided that it is supported by adequate and timely infrastructure, including sustainable transport, and landscape impacts are minimised or mitigated.

New settlements may well play a role in the future, but they must be sustainably located and of sufficient size to be self sustaining, without overwhelming existing settlements.

High quality, well-designed development is vital if we are to add to Oxfordshire's heritage and character, not dismantle it.

Higher density development generates more sustainable communities and encourages developers to build smaller, more affordable properties rather than large-scale executive homes for commuters. A target density of 70 dwellings per hectare should be introduced.

It is vital that our rural county should be protected not just for its own sake but also for its economic value in attracting high quality businesses. The starting point for jobs should be the natural growth in Oxfordshire's population for which employment might be needed, with the focus then on identifying the right jobs in the right place in order to reduce unsustainable commuting. This is the reverse of current proposals which seek to maximise jobs and then look at what might be needed to support them, including facilitating a dramatic increase in long-distance commuting.

Agriculture is a critical industry for Oxfordshire and deserves a greater priority in considering plans and resources for the county.

Our natural resources and biodiversity are currently in decline and the JSSP must outline how it will reverse this, especially when making decisions on further development. CPRE Oxon welcome the Government's recent commitment to the 'environmental net gain' principle for development. Vital issues such as landscape, tranquility and dark skies must form part of these considerations.

Two thirds of our carbon dioxide emissions are from housing and transport. The JSSP must address this climate change challenge, in terms of the level, location and type of development that it proposes.

Oxfordshire's cultural capital should be recognised, protected and enhanced, including its archaeological sites, historic buildings and the historic character of the landscape.

More information can be found here and by downloading attachments below: Draft Statement of Common Ground between authorities

The Chair of the JSSP Advisory Sub-group will be Cllr James Mills, Leader of West Oxfordshire District Council. Further details, including other members of the Sub-group can be found here: Advisory Sub Groups and Scrutiny Panel  

The latest progress report to the Oxfordshire Growth Board can be read here: Report to the Oxfordshire Growth Board Joint Statutory Spatial Plan

 

 

 

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Oxfordshire's six local councils (4 districts, the city and county) have all agreed to work together to produce a Joint Statutory Spatial Plan (JSSP) for Oxfordshire.

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