People Regeneration

Council publishes its vision for how Oxford will look and feel in 2050

By John Charlton

Oxford City Council has published its vision of the kind of city that Oxford could be in 2050.

The vision document is called Oxford2050. It describes the vision for the future of the city which emerged from widespread consultation with residents and community groups about the future of the city’s housing, the economy, the education system, transport, leisure and local communities.

At the heart of the vision is a determination that Oxford should be a more affordable place to live, and that the current inequalities in income and life chances for the people of Oxford will have been massively reduced. Other key features are the protection the city’s heritage and natural environment, and the belief that the city can be a global centre for the knowledge-based economy.

Oxford2050 also provides a longer-term framework within which to plan Oxford. It will be a blueprint for the city, setting out the direction of travel, and it will influence all key policy statements in future years, including future versions of the City Council’s Local Plan.

Oxford City Council carried out a two-month public consultation, running from November 2017 to January 2018, to get the views of Oxford residents. In total, the City Council received 562 responses, which included more than 75,000 words.

Councillor Susan Brown, Leader of Oxford City Council, said: “A vision for Oxford’s future that we can use to guide the City Council’s policies is a real asset that will help us meet the aspirations of Oxford city residents. We are very grateful to the large number of people who took the time to send us their thoughts, a number of which were very detailed, during the consultation. Without them we could not have produced this document. We hope, thanks to the input from so many residents, that the vision reflects the hopes and aspirations of the city”

For more information about Oxford2050 visit: www.oxford2050.com.