Welcome to the Oxford Civic Society

Oxford Civic Society is dedicated to striving for the continuous improvement of Oxford as a wonderful city in which to live, work and relax. Appreciating our past, enjoying the present and pursuing a vision for the future are the fundamentals of our effort, which we have been working on for over 45 years.

We promote sustainable, well-balanced communities, and a physical infrastructure which serves their needs, now and into the future:

  • we champion issues to decision-makers and opinion-formers in local and national government, business and the media
  • we organise, support and encourage individuals and communities to take action to improve the quality of their environment
  • we provide opportunities for our members to participate in our activities, whilst contributing to the objectives of the Society

We have nearly 1,000 members. We are a registered charity and are actively contributing ideas and finance to Civic Voice, the national charity for the civic movement.

For more information, see the latest issue of our regular newsletter "Visions", also visit About Us and Annual Review. If you are interested in protecting Oxford’s heritage, knowing more about the city and helping us make a difference you could volunteer to join one of our working groups or better still join us and help shape the city’s future – Download Application Form.

Roger Dudman Way Environmental Impact

The Society’s Response to the Consultation

This is the Society's response to the public consultation on the Environmental Impact Analysis of the Roger Dudman Way flats, commissioned by the University of Oxford. You can read earlier articles about this development on this link.

The Environmental Statement (ES) establishes very clearly that Option 3 is the only one of the three options to deliver a significant reduction in the harm done by the development to landscape and visual effects and to the historic environment.

The key conclusion of the ES is that, in terms of landscape and visual impact, the overall significance of Option 1 is still Significant Adverse whereas the impact of Option 3 is Not Significant, (paragraph 7.6.15).

Not for many years has a new building project of the University of Oxford aroused so much opposition, not only among the community, but also among the University’s own members.  Of the 430 individual responses to the consultation posted on the City Council’s planning web site by 17 December 2014, over 95% supported Option 3, many of them offering individually expressed views at some length.

Read more: Roger Dudman Way Environmental Impact

Oxford Futures - Achieving Smarter Growth

On 31 March 2014 we launched a major report “Oxford Futures – Achieving Smarter Growth in Central Oxfordshire”. It argues that Central Oxfordshire is going to grow. It can grow smartly and we can all benefit. Or it can muddle its way through and lose out to better organised places. It says the only way to solve the problems arising from these growth pressures and bring about a prosperous future for the region is for all the different agencies to work together. This needs visionary leadership from the leaders of our communities, businesses and universities. The report calls on them to work together to achieve smarter growth.

To see more and to download the report (or buy a printed version) see the Oxford Futures website and blog. An edited video (just under 8 minutes) of the meeting which launched the Oxford Futures report is available to view on YouTube. See http://youtu.be/MNme6qu3WOM


We seek to foster a greater sense of belonging, responsibility, well-being and civic pride amongst local communities – and to empower people by the dissemination of information and ‘know-how’


We aim to ensure that Oxford is ‘a good place to be’ – a clean, green and well-maintained environment for people to enjoy. We actively encourage appreciation of the distinctive beauty and heritage of our city.

Buildings & Public Spaces

We promote best practice in terms of the sustainable development and management of new and evolving buildings and spaces whilst preserving the best of what we have inherited from the past

Travel & Transport

We focus on maintaining and developing a sustainable physical infrastructure that functions well for all modes of movement – walking, cycling, motoring, using public transport and sojourning.

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