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Local development issues

Oxford Friends of the Earth is a thriving and effective local group that has been active for over 40 years. Our purpose is to work together to promote a healthy and sustainable environment

Oxfordshire faces extreme development pressures from new housing and related development. Existing plans include 100,000 new homes, while plans such as the ‘Oxford – Cambridge Arc’ would massively increase that figure.

We have worked with a local planning consultancy to develop a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for local councils seeking to tackle the climate and ecological emergencies.
This is available here: Climate Emergency SPD Oct 2020


In 2017 we ran a workshop on ‘Planning as if the climate mattered’ and we cooperate with bodies including Oxfordshire CPRE and Oxford Civic Society.

Oxford Friends of the Earth is particularly concerned about the Oxfordshire 2050 Plan. This strategic plan should be the ‘route map’ to carbon neutrality for the county, but at present it offers little more than business as usual.