Open Thought

An open platform for you to have your say on how we shape our county as part of the Oxfordshire Plan 2050.

We want your thoughts, knowledge and expertise to help plan Oxfordshire’s future.

Oxfordshire Open Thought is an open platform where you can explore and have your say on new ideas and approaches to planning for our county’s future to improve lives for all.

It doesn’t replace formal consultations and previous responses – we’re after fresh and innovative ideas and bold and aspirational solutions as we look forward.

We’ve asked you about whether our Strategic Vision is right for Oxfordshire and how we can measure its success. And we asked how we might live and work, move around and tackle climate change in the future as part of Open Thought 1. We received hundreds of responses and now we want to explore some of the ideas that have been sent to us in more detail and find out what you think.

We’re not endorsing, advocating or supporting any of the ideas, their authors or projects/sites they might be involved with. We simply want to encourage debate and discussion around the points they raise. Would it work in Oxfordshire? If so where? If not, how could it be changed? And is anything missing?

You can comment under the submissions and react to other people’s thoughts. So make sure you are part of the conversation.

Featured discussions:

Affordable housing

The lack of affordable housing is a serious problem in Oxfordshire. Average prices in Oxford are 17 times the average income. According to housing charity Shelter there...

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Zero Carbon Energy

In 2018, One Planet Oxfordshire brought together a wide range of local councils, organisations, businesses, schools and community groups from across the county to...

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Local and Sustainable Food

In 2018, One Planet Oxfordshire brought together a wide range of local councils, organisations, businesses, schools and community groups...

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Making Best Use of Rail in an Integrated Transport System

The Oxford Civic Society has for many years proposed an integrated transport system in central Oxfordshire that could reduce dependence...

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Active Design

Around 30% of adults in England don’t do the recommended amount of weekly exercise. Alongside providing access to high-quality sports facilities, the design of where we live and work can play a vital role in keeping communities active.”

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Connecting Rural

Traditional planning has led to rural areas being disconnected and only accessible by car. By linking villages via a network of cycling and walking routes, villages could collectively grow and become viable and revitalised communities that are less reliant on the car.

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Brownfield First

As Oxfordshire grows, we must be smart about where and how we build. It’s not sustainable to continue building low density, suburban-style housing developments that are poorly designed.

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Oxfordshire's Rivers

We need urgent action to improve the quality of our waterways. Healthy rivers and streams increase biodiversity and leisure opportunities, providing economic and health benefits to local communities.

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A Night in Nature

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the importance of access to nature for our physical and mental wellbeing. We must protect and enhance the countryside.”

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