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New coalition launches rural fight-back in Oxfordshire

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 14:46

A new campaign is launched today - ‘Need not Greed Oxon’ (Planning for real Need not speculator Greed in Oxfordshire) by a coalition of 15 local organisations from across the county.

The Need not Greed Oxon campaign is challenging the county’s ‘forced economic growth strategy’ and offering an alternative vision for the future of the county – one that is based on meeting local people’s real needs not speculator greed.

About Need not Greed Oxon

The campaign is run by a coalition of 15 local organisations from across the county, who are dedicated to protecting Oxfordshire’s rural environment, whilst recognising the development and infrastructure needs of local residents and others.

CPRE Oxfordshire is a member of the coalition and is also providing the Secretariat.

Helen Marshall, Director of CPRE Oxfordshire, says: "Many local groups around the county are currently fighting lonely battles against aggressive developers wanting to build on inappropriate sites, and often losing - by supporting this campaign, local groups can engage with the bigger picture and have a better chance of saving rural Oxfordshire."

The issues

The current growth strategy for Oxfordshire, outlined in the County’s Strategic Economic Plan (SEP), propososes 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 and real housing needs unmet. And the public have not been properly consulted.

Why now?

The launch of the campaign coincides with a decision by the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) – an unelected quango - to ‘refresh’ the county’s Strategic Economic Plan (SEP).

The Need not Greed Oxon campaign is calling on local Councils to work together to ensure the growth figures in the new SEP are more realistic and appropriate for a rural county and better focused on real need.

OxLEP is due to hold a public consultation on the SEP ‘refresh’ in the spring – the coalition will be encouraging members of the public to respond to the consultation, calling for a re-think of the growth targets for Oxfordshire.

It is time the people of Oxfordshire made their voices heard.

What can you do?

Local organisations and individuals who would like to know more and who are interested in supporting the coalition are encouraged to visit the Need not Greed Oxon website or get in touch by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Please keep an eye on the Need not Greed Oxon website for more information about how you can respond to the consultation on the SEP 'refresh'.

Find out more:

See the Need not Greed Oxon Press Release, 'New Coalition launches rural fight-back', January 14th 2016, below.

See the Need not Greed Oxon campaign website.


CPRE Oxfordshire, 14 January 2016

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