Wider Region

  • Cherwell Local Plan

    9 October 2017

    Oxford’s unmet housing need Here is the response we sent to the latest revisions of Cherwell DC’s Local Plan proposals for their part in meeting Oxford’s unmet housing need. 20171009_OCS-Response-Cherwell-LP-Consultation.pdf

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  • Infrastructure Strategy Stage 1 Response

    10 September 2017

    The Oxfordshire LEP is preparing an Infrastructure Strategy (OXIS) for the county. The Stage 1 report was published for consultation and Oxford Civic Society has submitted comments to the LEP. While we welcome the joined-up thinking that OXIS demonstrates we believe that the early output presented in Stage 1 is seriously flawed. A report about ‘infrastructure’…

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  • Alternative Devolution Proposals Published

    27 June 2017

    Oxford City, Cherwell and West Oxfordshire Districts have combined to draw up alternative proposals for the future structure of local government in Oxfordshire. They oppose the single unitary organisation favoured by the County, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District. Instead, the counter-proposals put a case for a Combined Authority, with the four districts,…

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  • County decides to submit Better Oxfordshire proposal

    16 March 2017

    On 14 March 2017, 11 days after ‘Better Oxfordshire’ was published, Oxfordshire CC’s Cabinet met to decide whether to submit their proposal to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. This despite the opposition of the City Council and two District Councils – Cherwell and West Oxfordshire. Members of the public are allowed…

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  • Better Oxfordshire? Not really.

    12 March 2017

    Three days after consultation on ‘One Oxfordshire’ closed the County published ‘Better Oxfordshire‘, a 148-page revised proposal for a unitary council. Despite giving some extra details the new version does not address most of the points we raised, and is certainly not ready for submission to the Secretary of State. This is the text of…

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  • One Oxfordshire – OCS response

    1 March 2017

    This is a summary of our comments on Oxfordshire County Council’s “One Oxfordshire” proposals for a single unitary authority to run all local services in the county. You can read our full submission here. These comments should be read together with our “Gap Analysis”. The competing consultants’ reports commissioned by the County and the City/Districts…

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