Commenting on today’s decision by Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) to decline to submit Expressions of Interest for Investment Zones in the county, City Council Leader Councillor Susan Brown said:
“It is regrettable that the County Council did not talk to the City and Districts before making this decision. There is a lot that needs clarifying in the Investment Zone programme and we would not countenance anything that watered down important minimum requirements on quality, environmental standards or affordable housing.
“However, we do need to be able to engage with government about investment in infrastructure support growth which is happening in Oxford and Oxfordshire. Therefore, I am writing to the Secretary of State to highlight that, despite Oxfordshire County Council pulling out unilaterally, we want to continue to engage with government on investment in infrastructure to support growth which is happening in Oxford and Oxfordshire.
“We are working closely with neighbouring authorities, including Cherwell, that also have mixed-use sites they were working on to put forward.”