Introducing the Oxfordshire Plan 2050

Comment ID 1045
Document Section Introducing the Oxfordshire Plan 2050 INTRODUCTION (no name) View all on this section
Respondent Michael Crofton Briggs View all by this respondent
Response Date 27 Mar 2019

Oxfordshire Plan 2050 - Introducing the Oxfordshire Plan consultation

25 March 2019

The University of Oxford welcomes this opportunity to comment on the first draft vision, aspiration,

objectives and spatial scenarios that will shape the preparation of the Oxfordshire Plan 2050 (the Plan).

It is understood that the purpose of this consultation document is to start a conversation which will

develop and continue throughout the process and lead to a plan for Oxfordshire that all can be proud of.

This response has been prepared following consideration by the University's Buildings and Estates Subcommittee.

The University is pleased that the Councils in Oxfordshire have agreed to produce a Joint Statutory

Spatial Plan (JSSP), building upon the existing joint working and partnership arrangements through the

Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal. The Plan should seek to provide an ambitious strategic policy

framework for the County to 2050.

University's priorities and plans

The University of Oxford is world renowned and for three consecutive years has been ranked the best

university in the world by the Times Higher Education Global Ran kings {2018). Whatever reservations

there may be about such rankings there is remarkable consensus around the world, and across the

ran kings, on which universities belong in the very top group of global universities, and Oxford is one of


The University of Oxford aims to continue to attract the very best academic students and staff ( and

business collaborators. Over the last twenty years the University has grown significantly, with the

number of graduate students doubling and research income growing by over 100% in the last 10 years.

In the next thirty years, the University of Oxford aims to continue to substantially grow its research

capacity, encourage commercial spin-outs and facilitate world-class innovation ecosystems.

2017, estimated that in 2014/15 the University of Oxford contributed £5.8 billion GVA to the UK

economy, of which £2.3 billion GVA was to Oxfordshire. The report considers how the activities of the

collegiate University and its related organisations have contributed to the economy through their

activities in 2014/15. It considers the quantifiable role that the University has on the economy through

its core activities, students, graduates, business interaction, science parks, impacts on the tourism sector

and its research . (The economic contribution was measured in terms of Gross Value Added (GVA),

revenues less cost of revenues, and the number of jobs supported).

The University of Oxford seeks positive planning policy support from the Oxfordshire and regional

authorities to enable it to thrive and grow as a regional powerhouse of education, employment and

innovation. Every aspect of the University, from its estate, to its staff and its countless generations of

students and scholars, is affected by, and interacts with, the City of Oxford and the County of

Oxfordshire. The University knows some of its priority needs now but many others will emerge only as it

seeks to meet circumstances that come to light in the future and to which it will need to respond

quickly. As the University has grown in the last 20 years it has sought to create an exemplary learning

environment through the provision of new and refurbished academic spaces. Over the next thirty years,

it plans to continue this improvement and growth of the academic estate and to build a significant

amount of new accommodation to meet the requirements of both students and staff, especially those

who are currently most adversely affected by the unaffordability of housing in Oxford and the

inadequate infrastructure and transport.

The University of Oxford has been and remains committed to being a good neighbour and to working in

close collaboration with the Oxfordshire local authorities for the mutual benefit of their communities,

enhancing the local environment by focusing on the themes of place, space, movement, community and

sustainability. In the future it will seek to continue to protect and enhance the built and natural

environments, through its developments, the management of its estate and conservation of its historic

buildings and landscapes. It also has a commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, enhancing biodiversity

and improving the environment of Oxford and beyond. The University has an extensive fabric

of interwoven interests and partnerships amongst local communities across the County through which it

is committed to helping to improve the education, health and the well-being of all.

The University of Oxford is an anchor institution in Oxford, inextricably part of the Oxfordshire

community. The academic study, research and innovation at the University is the tip of a pyramid that

drives the Regional, Oxfordshire County and local Oxford economies. The term 'anchor institution' was

used by the former Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in a 2015 report to emphasise

how much universities and colleges contribute to local economic growth. A detailed study of the

economic impact of the University, prepared by BiGGAR Economics and published by the University in