Public set to be asked what Oxford should look like in 2050

Published: Tuesday, 13th June 2017

Oxford City Council is set to hold a wide-ranging public engagement later this year to establish an ambitious new vision for how Oxford will look and feel in 2050.

The aim, for the first time, is to create a long-term vision statement of intent that will set out the aspirations for the city in terms of the economy, society and environment.

The City Executive Board will discuss the draft vision, known as Oxford 2050: A vision for a successful and sustainable city for everyone, on Tuesday (20/6).

If agreed, local residents, businesses and universities will be asked for their contributions to help shape the vision.

The draft vision statement currently includes:

  • Full employment, and economic success benefiting all residents
  • Substantially reduced inequality; healthier, safer and more prosperous residents
  • Affordable housing that is net positive for energy generation and close to workplaces
  • Safe and accessible cycling and walking routes for commuters, and zero emission mass transport
  • Substantial parts of the city centre that are traffic free for large parts of the day
  • Retrofitting historic buildings to be energy efficient and produce renewable energy
  • Energy is produced from local, renewable sources
  • Flood risk is mitigated at source, and water flows are managed through urban trees and green roofs
  • Easy access to green spaces in every part of the city
  • Broadband that allows people to work effectively and efficiently from home

The vision also includes an aim to achieve full recycling, richer biodiversity, locally-produced food, affordable leisure facilities, and high quality education and training facilities.

The document will underpin the City Council’s future policy documents, including future Corporate Plans, which set out the City Council’s medium-term strategy, and Local Plans, which set out where future housing, economic and leisure developments will take place across Oxford.

It is also hoped the document could inspire Oxford’s other large employers to create similar vision statements.

Currently, the City Council sets a vision and priorities in its Corporate Plan for four years and in its Local Plan for 20 years.

Councillor Bob Price, Leader of Oxford City Council, said: “Oxford 2050 will set out where we want to be as a city in 30 years; it will be our statement of intent to help focus our minds and create a healthier, safer and more beautiful city for everyone.

“We are providing the leadership and drive behind the city’s vision, but we want everyone in Oxford to be involved in shaping the document. This is your city, and we want your input.”

For more information about Oxford 2050: A vision for a successful and sustainable city for everyone, please visit: http://mycouncil.oxford.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=119&MId=4308 (agenda item 14).