Smarter Growth

  • Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal

    We support Oxford City's agreement to the Government's funding offer

    8 February 2018

    Oxford Civic Society welcomes the Government’s offer of an additional £215m of funding for the preparation of a strategic development plan for the county, to facilitate the provision of affordable housing, and to enable associated infrastructure development.

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  • Can Oxford learn from Cambridge’s growth success?

    23 May 2017

    This article summarises the findings of an Oxford Civic Society study group which visited Cambridge in spring 2016 to find out what Oxford could learn about planning and development.The group concluded that Cambridge’s success story has much to teach us – about the role of local government, the contribution of the university and the dedication…

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  • Growing Historic Cities – a Symposium

    12 January 2017

    A packed symposium in Oxford’s Kellogg College drew members of the Historic Towns Forum ranging from St Albans to Wells and York, together with a large contingent from Oxford. The aim was to learn from success, and to debate the principles that would lead to sustainable or ‘smarter growth’ that does not outstrip infrastructure capacity….

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  • Oxford Sustainable Future Symposium

    30 October 2015

    The city of Oxford, and indeed many parts of our county, are faced with a wide range of challenges that constrain our ability to provide a world class environment for our people. In June, three strategic organisations joined together for the Oxford Sustainable Future Symposium, which explored a route to addressing many of these issues….

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  • RTPI Greenbelt Symposium

    16 March 2015

    The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) is holding a seminar to bring together a number of leading thinkers on the subject of greenbelt development. The issue will undoubtedly be in the inbox of any new government and we are keen to ensure that any future debate is mindful of the social and economic consequences of…

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  • Urban Extensions – a sustainable future?

    25 November 2014

    The Bartlett School of Planning has organised a debate under the title “Are urban extensions the answer to Britain’s sustainable urban future?” This is an open debate for students, academics and practitioners on whether ‘urban extensions’ can be an answer to Britain’s sustainable urban development plans (if any), but also the current housing shortage and…

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