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The ‘Oxfordshire 2050 Plan’ – our ‘road map’ to a Zero Carbon future?

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The ‘Oxfordshire 2050 Plan’ – our ‘road map’ to a Zero Carbon future?

Work to develop the ‘Oxfordshire 2050 Plan’ – a strategic planning document for the county – is moving forward with the ‘Oxfordshire Open Thought’ (OxOT) consultation.  The consultation closes on July 31.

Oxford Friends of the Earth (OxFoE) believe that this plan should be the road map for our county to achieve ‘Net Zero Carbon’ before 2040.  Failure to deliver net zero is likely to result in catastrophic changes that will undermine any attempts to deliver a safe, fair and sustainable future for the county, so it is logical to make this a central aspect of any plan.  We held a very positive workshop on 21/7/20 (with 13 people from 7 organisations taking part) which focused on:

  • Housing and settlements
  • Transport and connectivity
  • Other climate-linked issues

The aim of the workshop was to agree an ambitious overall direction for our inputs and the key asks. We had relevant policy goals from the ‘Fast Forward Oxfordshire’ 2019 report (www.oxfoe.co.uk/fastforward/) as a starting point.

Our report is here: OxOT workshop report     Some of the key points (there are 16 in all) include:

  • No new roads should be built across the county (outside immediate residential areas).
  • Zero Carbon standards for all new homes and other buildings
  • All new developments should have good public transport links and safe cycling and walking routes
  • The County Council (our Education Authority) should ensure that high quality education on the climate crisis is standard in all schools along with ‘life-long learning’ for people at all levels
  • Set a ‘transport ceiling’ target – a maximum number of journeys to be made across the County on a daily or monthly basis.

Let us know your priorities!  Email your top 4 (or more or less) to climate(at)oxfoe.co.uk.  You can use our list to make your own submission to the Oxfordshire Open Thought public consultation.