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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.

Update: October 2022 

Following the collapse of the Oxfordshire 2050 Plan due to disagreement between the various councils we are reviewing our next steps. We welcome inputs and ideas.

At the core of the Plan was the Oxfordshire Growth Needs Assessment whch has been used to predict how many homes will be needed in Oxfordshire. We other groups and believe that this assessment process is fundamentally flawed.  A Q&A document about the OGNA produced by the Need Not Greed coalition is one our website  – click here.

Oxford City Council ‘Local Plan 2040’

This will ‘set out the planning strategy for meeting the needs of the city’.  The next stage consultation is happening now (Oct. 2022) and ends on Monday 14 November 2022. Full information is here:

We welcome ideas and inputs – email us via climate@oxfoe.co.uk

Previous work

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.