Thursday, 5 May 2016

Public Meeting - Growth at all Costs?

You are invited to a Public Meeting in the Upper Chamber at Thame Town Hall on Wednesday 11th May, 6.30 pm – 7.30 pm.

The growth strategy for Oxfordshire proposes 100,000 new houses by 2031, equivalent to two new cities the size of Oxford; plus 85,000 new jobs, and at least 200,000 more people, roughly a 30% increase in our population.

Many local groups are fighting hard against inappropriate development in their particular community. Yet the current economic strategy for the county, produced without any public consultation, sets out such aggressive growth figures that more and more battles are likely to be coming our way.

Need Not Greed Oxon is a campaign dedicated to protecting Oxfordshire’s rural environment run by a coalition of local organisations and individuals. CPRE Oxfordshire is providing the Secretariat for the coalition. 
Need not Greed Oxon has been invited by Thame Town Parish to give a presentation on the campaign, its origins and objectives, and their work around the OxLEP public consultation on the Strategic Economic Plan.
Speakers include Helen Marshall, Director, CPRE Oxfordshire, John Gordon, South Oxfordshire Sustainability (SOS) and Professor Richard Harding, Chairman, CPRE Wallingford District.
The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.
The group is campaigning against a “growth at all costs” policy that they believe has led to a county plan that envisages building at virtually double any previous rate, and threatens to overwhelm the county's infrastructure, services, landscape and communities. 
Need not Greed wants local people to have a voice in the debate on the future of Oxfordshire and to comment on the Strategic Economic Plan produced by Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

The group invites everyone to attend the presentation to find out more. You can also find out further information about the campaign by visiting the Need not Greed website.

If you cannot make this meeting, there is an opportunity to see it at Wallingford Town Hall on Tuesday 17th May at 7:30 pm. 

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