Leaders of all six Oxfordshire councils meet today at the Oxfordshire Growth Board to progress joint work on economic development, strategic planning and growth across the county.
The meeting comes just hours after BMW’s confirmation of its plans to build the electric Mini at its Cowley plant in Oxford.
Last week the Growth Board published a draft Oxfordshire Infrastructure Strategy - an independent report setting out the investment in transport, schools, hospitals and other infrastructure needed to support the predicted growth in population, jobs and homes to 2040 and beyond.
Councillor Bob Price, Leader of Oxford City Council and Chair of the Oxfordshire Growth Board said:
“Oxfordshire sits at the centre of the UK’s knowledge economy and forms an important chapter in the nation’s future growth story. Building on the successful work of the Growth Board, we are making ready for a number of key national decisions that will set Oxfordshire’s course for the future.
“These include the publication of the Government’s Industrial Strategy and the second report from the National Infrastructure Commission; allocations from the Housing Investment Fund and of course this autumn’s Budget.
“We have been building Oxfordshire’s case for national investment and over the next few months we will be seeking funding decisions to underpin growth in jobs, homes and infrastructure across the county that will have a strategic impact for the country as a whole.”
The Oxfordshire Growth Board is a joint committee of the six councils, formed to provide strategic planning for all the challenges that the growth agenda for Oxfordshire brings.
The six councils represented on the Oxfordshire Growth Board are Cherwell District Council, Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire County Council, South Oxfordshire District Council, Vale of White Horse District Council and West Oxfordshire District Council.