Wider Region

  • Local Authority Devolution

    3 August 2016

    New possibilities for place-based leadership On 22 July 2016 Oxford Civic Society organised a lecture by Professor Robin Hambleton (University of the West of England) as a contribution to the debate on local authority devolution in Oxfordshire. The lecture was followed by a chaired discussion. The seminar focussed on leadership, democracy and growth for Oxford and…

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  • Science Vale Area Action Plan comments

    24 April 2015

    Whie the city and its neighbours have always functioned as a city-region, with the strong impetus now being given to economic development planning in Oxfordshire this has become even more evident. Our principal interest is to see the Knowledge Spine of the Oxfordshire Strategic Economic Plan implemented successfully, for the benefits it will bring nationally, regionally and locally.

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  • Oxford Affordable Housing

    5 April 2015

    A workshop on Affordable Housing was held on 3 March 2015 at Oxford Brookes University. The workshop was the second in a new series on future growth in central Oxfordshire. It was organised by Oxford Brookes University with URBED, and was sponsored by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The findings of the workshop are available in this…

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  • Hospital staff shortages lead to financial crisis

    16 September 2014

    An article in The Oxford Mail reports that “Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust was in a ‘very volatile position’ after it was revealed spending on bank and agency staff has risen 38 per cent”. There are several reasons for staff shortages in the Oxford NHS, including a general lack of qualified staff coming through the education…

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  • Vale of White Horse Local Plan

    5 April 2014

    The Vale of White Horse District Council is preparing a revised Local Plan to meet the need for new housing outlined in the Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) – briefly described here. VoWH needs to find sites for roughly 20,500 new homes by 2031. Harwell and Radley have been identified as particularly significant locations for development, with Harwell assigned 4500 homes and Radley 800.

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  • Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA)

    3 April 2014

    The Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) for Oxfordshire was published in March 2014. It concludes that up to 93,560 – 106,560 additional homes are needed across Oxfordshire in the period 2011-2031 (between 4,678 – 5,328 homes per annum). This is based on meeting the housing need identified, supporting committed economic growth (including the City Deal)…

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