Ox-Cam Arc Growth Corridor
16th December 2021
In February 2021 Government announced an Arc-wide plan, or spatial framework. Unlike Local Plans, it appears the Framework will not be subject to independent examination and scrutiny. However, it will have the status of national planning policy, which local authorities will have to follow when preparing their own Local Plans, including the joint Oxfordshire 2050 Plan, and is likely to dictate future growth targets.
The Government has also announced that it will create an Arc-wide Growth Body, to drive and support economic growth, but there is no similar commitment to environmental investment. Instead, there is a desire to improve the environment in certain areas at the expense of other, equally important areas of countryside. CPRE Oxfordshire would like to see a commitment to protect designated and wider, undesignated countryside.
A draft Vision Statement closed for public consultation in October 2021, with two further consultations in 2022.
Read CPRE Oxfordshire’s response in our Resources section.
CPRE Oxfordshire is working with CPRE branches across the Growth Corridor to Challenge the Arc, visit the website to find out more.