November 2020 ‘Visions’ published

Planning for recovery

12 November 2020

A wide-ranging look at how Oxford might – or could – develop. Click the image to download.

Topics in this issue:

  • Chairman’s introduction;
  • ROQ centre
  • Keith Holly legacy;
  • Planning White Paper: our views;
  • Trending in Oxford — planning report;
  • Only connect — transport report;
  • Next steps on rail;
  • Planning for a green recovery;
  • A century of Oxford council housing;
  • Broad Street;
  • Members’ survey results

This edition of Visions contains a full list of online talks for the Winter season. As restrictions due to coronavirus continue there are no walks or visits organised.

2 thoughts on “November 2020 ‘Visions’ published”

  1. Next Steps on Rail –
    Oxford Civic Society made representations in 2015, on Oxfordshire County Council’s Local Transport Plan 4: 2015-2031, including redoubling of much of the Cotswold line to Worcester (and to Stratford), with potential advantages to Oxford commuters. Unfortunately these have not been rolled forward into your recent document.

    SRTG request that future versions include reference to the potential reinstatement of the Oxford-Honeybourne-Stratford rail link, to reflect the Oxfordshire LTP4, Rail Strategy, June 2016 and the work of the North Cotswold Line Taskforce. The route is complete other than the missing 6 mile link between Long Marston and Stratford upon Avon. Stratford-Honeybourne reinstatement also creates a Oxford-Birmingham diversionary route, only 3 miles longer than the Cherwell valley route via Banbury. These are points SRTG made on the Oxfordshire Plan 2050 and England’s Economic Heartlands – Draft Transport Strategy, 2020.

  2. Next Steps on Rail:

    John Morgan has pointed out the potential for a reopened Stratford – Honeybourne railway to connect at Honeybourne in to the Cotswold Line towards Oxford. I see the benefits. Oxford and Stratford are must-visit locations for many tourists. A direct rail link could help to reduce the number of coaches and pollution in Oxford, and contribute to achievement of zero-carbon targets.

    A key theme of the Oxford Civic Society’s Transport Group approach to rail improvements, reported in Visions, is that public transport planning should be fully co-ordinated with decisions on the location of new housing and employment. Substantial increases in population and many new houses are proposed for Oxfordshire, where the road network is already congested. We want to make the best use of rail to support prosperity and employment, reduce congestion and the environmental costs caused by road transport, and increase opportunities for leisure travel. Maybe the same points apply in the Stratford – Honeybourne case, where Long Marston (near Honeybourne) is being developed as a site for new housing. Therefore, making the best use of rail to serve the needs of local people looks to be sensible.

    OCS is keen to support rail improvements across the region, but we are first and foremost the ‘Oxford’ Civic Society. Inevitably this does mean that new developments outside the county may not always be high on our agenda. So, we welcome comments and updates.

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