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Oxford Local Plan - CPRE's initial comments and recommendations

Tuesday, 25 July 2017 13:06

CPRE provides its initial commentary on the Oxford Local Plan - find out more.

Last summer, Oxford City Council held a public consultation on what its new Local Plan should cover and it has now published its Preferred Options for consultation.

The consultation closes on 25 August 2017.

In order to help you in formulating your own consultation response, CPRE has provided a short initial commentary, outlining its key concerns with the Local Plan and its recommendations (scroll down to the foot of this page to see our full commentary).

Some of our main concerns were also raised in a Press Release issued earlier this month (see below).


CPRE’s overall comments and recommendations:

1. The City should prioritise available land for housing rather than for commercial use, otherwise it will exacerbate the jobs v housing balance. Using ‘employment land’ for housing instead could conversely go a long way towards solving the supposed housing deficit.

2. The City should set high density targets, i.e. the number of houses per hectare. This would mean that it could wholly, or at least largely, meet its total “need” for 28,000 houses, not just a quarter of it, and far more sustainably than, as it now does, trying to impose most of it on its neighbours.

3. The City’s commitment to a brownfield first policy, in line with CPRE campaigning is welcome, but it is critical that brownfield land is used for housing, which the City after all says is its Number One Priority.

4. The City should protect Green Belt sites from development – all the sites identified for housing meet the purposes of including land in the Green Belt, and to build on them would just be damaging – and unjustifiable - urban sprawl.

5. In order to achieve a sustainable and healthy City, we need policies that reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality, and protect our green infrastructure – the current rate and pace of growth are not compatible with the City’s vision. Building far more homes in the City, rather than creating more employment, would substantially reduce commuting, a major source of pollution.


Find out more: 

See the City’s Preferred Options and how to respond to the Consultation.

See also the Consultation Roadshow events.


What next?

CPRE will shortly be responding in full to the consultation – keep an eye on this webpage for more details.

If you would like to discuss CPRE’s response to the consultation in more detail, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us.


CPRE Oxfordshire, 25 July

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