What is Open Thought?
Oxfordshire Open Thought is an open platform for you to have your say on how we shape our county as part of the Oxfordshire Plan 2050. We want to tap into the wealth of knowledge and expertise within our communities to help to find solutions to how we'll accommodate changes to our lives and work, how we’ll connect with each other, and how we’ll manage and respond to the climate emergency.
We’re living through unprecedented times that have challenged the very fabric of our society and the ways in which we think about our lives and activities. We have had to rapidly adapt the ways we think about living and working. But what lessons can we take from this?
We have adapted, cut emissions and understood that we can challenge excepted norms. We have learned more about what it means to be more resilient and our understanding of community and, alongside the current crisis, longer-term challenges of climate change, health and economic sustainability must be faced.
We understand the pressures we are all under but hope that you can take the time over the coming weeks and months to tell us what changes we need to undergo to transform Oxfordshire into a sustainable, resilient and thriving county by 2050?
How will my comments be used?
Comments submitted before August 14 will be used to help inform the Oxfordshire Plan 2050. The Plan team will look to extract policy ideas from these ideas and will produce a summary report as part of the topic papers released for the next public consultation.
But we don’t want the conversation to end. We recognise these discussions go further which is why we’ve published some of the most thought-provoking submissions we received. You can comment on these different ideas and discuss their merits and limitations with other website users. As Open Thought constantly evolves, we encourage you to carry on telling us your views and see what new and exciting directions the conversation goes in.
We may want to highlight particular comments – this is not an endorsement of the content but to inspire others to take part and encourage debate on a particular point. We may publish all or extracts of comments on the Oxfordshire Open Thought website and allow others to comment and react.
What is the Oxfordshire Plan 2050?
The Oxfordshire Plan 2050 is one of the commitments made by the six Oxfordshire authorities as part of the £215m Housing & Growth Deal, which will help deliver greatly needed new homes - including affordable and social housing, and infrastructure to the county while helping to tackle climate change.
The Plan will not allocate sites for housing or employment. Instead, it will identify key areas for sustainable growth with associated housing / employment numbers, while considering how to help tackle climate change, improve water efficiency and mitigate flood risk.
Districts will then use this to produce future Local Plans which will provide a detailed view of how housing and infrastructure will be delivered, and how they will address the climate emergency.