Smarter Growth

  • 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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  • Launch video published

    10 November 2014

    An edited video (just under 8 minutes) of the meeting which launched the Oxford Futures report is available to view on YouTube. See

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  • Vale of White Horse DC consultations

    7 November 2014

    The Vale of White Horse District Council has today opened three public consultations: a draft Local Plan a new Design Guide the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) The details and links to the relevant documents are on their web page.

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  • Should Oxford copy Cambridge?

    8 October 2014

    Oxfordshire should be ambitious like Cambridgeshire. Reports, such as the Oxfordshire Innovation Engine – Realising the Growth Potential, say that businesses – especially those in science and knowledge-based fields – want to set up in central Oxfordshire, says Peter Thompson, chairman of Oxford Civic Society.

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  • Nicholas Falk on BBC Oxford

    4 September 2014

    The day after URBED and collaborators won the Wolfson Economics Prize, Nicholas Falk was interviewed by Malcolm Boyden on BBC Radio Oxford. They discussed what impact the ideas in URBED’s Garden Cities proposals would have if they were applied to Oxford and Central Oxfordshire. You can listen to the interview here until Thursday 11 September….

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  • Reviewing the Green Belt (Press Release)

    22 July 2014

    “The Oxford Green Belt was created in 1955. It cannot be right to claim that this 60-year old policy should never be reviewed to see if it is still appropriate for today and the next 60 years. How Green Belt policy will meet the challenges of the future at least needs looking at.

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