Introducing the Oxfordshire Plan 2050

Comment ID 1259
Document Section Introducing the Oxfordshire Plan 2050 INTRODUCTION (no name) View all on this section
Respondent Steve View all by this respondent
Response Date 27 Jan 2020

OxLEP supports the emerging Oxfordshire Plan as part of delivery of the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal. We recognise the process considerations and challenges in taking forward a joint statutory spatial plan to examination stage. The opportunity to provide early input into shaping the plan is welcomed.

Support is given to the initial 2050 vision, aspirations and objectives in the consultation document for the purpose of generating feedback and discussion. We support the emphasis in the vision on productivity, high-value employment and technological change. Local distinctiveness and contemporary opportunities of the area could be articulated more confidently by alignment of the vision, aspirations and objectives with the Local Industrial Strategy. The 3 guiding principles of the Local Industrial Strategy are:

o Invest in Oxfordshire, deliver for the UK

Ideas, products and service innovation can create jobs across the country, reinforcing Oxfordshire’s position as a net contributor to the UK.

o Oxfordshire – the UK’s ‘innovation engine’

No other part of the UK has the breadth and depth of assets, knowledge capability, skills and business capacity – making Oxfordshire a leading location for investment in the UK.

o Global Oxfordshire, Global Britain

The key sectors and technologies that we excel in have global reach, meaning that Oxfordshire is a critical driver for UK economic growth post-Brexit.

The ambition for the Local Industrial Strategy is to position Oxfordshire as one of the top- three global innovation ecosystems, highlighting the world leading science and technology cluster and to be a pioneer for the UK and our emerging transformative technologies and

sectors. The Local Industrial Strategy sets out how Oxfordshire is getting on the front foot in responding to the Government’s grand challenges (artificial Intelligence and data, ageing society, clean growth and the future of mobility). This includes addressing climate change through promoting innovation in low-carbon technologies to position Oxfordshire as a leader in clean growth.

The Oxfordshire Local Industrial Strategy reflects local engagement. Together with the Local Industrial Strategies for Buckinghamshire, the South East Midlands, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough it reflects regional cooperation in relation to the Oxford – Cambridge Arc.