Oxfordshire Infrastructure Strategy (OXIS)

What is OXIS? 

Stage 1 of the Oxfordshire Infrastructure Strategy (OxIS) provides a long-term framework for Oxfordshire to identify the priorities for investing in our strategic infrastructure, such as transport, utilities, healthcare provision, as well as identifying potential delivery and funding opportunities. It has been undertaken in partnership with Oxfordshire County Council (OCC), Oxfordshire’s five District Councils and other key partners and the scope has been endorsed by the Oxfordshire Growth Board.

OxIS is focused specifically on strategic infrastructure and is designed to support local plans but not replicate them. OxIS only considers schemes that can be delivered through capital funding and also discounts schemes that are already delivered, currently under construction or at an advanced stage of delivery planning (e.g. with full funding identified). Schemes already established in adopted Local Plans as an intrinsic requirement for the delivery of development sites by developers through the planning process (e.g. biodiversity net gain, highway mitigation, internal community centres) have also been discounted.

Key aims for OxIS are to:

Links to the full consultation documents are here:

OXIS Themes

The Oxfordshire Growth Board, in partnership with the six Oxfordshire local authorities and key partners, have agreed five OxIS Themes. These themes are consistent with policies being developed across Oxfordshire, including the recently adopted Strategic Vision (2021) and the emerging Local Transport & Connectivity Plan.

The purpose of the five OxIS Themes is to provide a  framework to identify the future infrastructure we need up to 2040 to support sustainable, clean, healthy and inclusive growth in Oxfordshire.

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Infrastructure Governance

There are lots of things that we need to work on and achieve so we will not only be working together as councils across Oxfordshire but also with regional and national government, infrastructure providers and other key partners to help identify the key infrastructure requirements and how we plan and deliver them.

This broad governance structure reflects the collaborative relationship within Oxfordshire, between the Oxfordshire Growth Board, OCC, Oxfordshire’s five District Councils, key infrastructure providers and key strategic partners.

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A Place Based Focus

Place based local areas (individual communities) of focus have been introduced to replace the corridor-based (long narrow areas) approach of the first Oxfordshire Infrastructure Strategy in 2017 (OXIS-17). This enables us to consider schemes which may be lower in cost but remain important to the creation of successful places. The benefits of this include having a better idea of what is best to put where and what is needed for individual communities.

Oxfordshire’s future needs and the nature of schemes vary according to the county’s various types of place. OxIS complements the more detailed work on this that has been done by the Districts and our aim is to draw together the views across Oxfordshire.

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Strategic Needs

The five core themes of Environment, Health, Place-Shaping, Productivity and Connectivity have been used as a framework to refine 25 outcome-led sub-themes. These sub-themes represent  Oxfordshire’s future needs for infrastructure investment to 2040 and underpin the needs-based appraisal component of the infrastructure scheme multi-criteria appraisal. This work followed a strong evidence gathering process, including engagement with a variety of stakeholders, a review of key policies and strategies and a detailed study of what towns, villages, public land and amenities there are in our local area.

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What Makes Infrastructure Strategic?


A robust four-stage identification, sifting, grouping and filtering process has been applied, to capture those schemes which are ‘strategic’ infrastructure. With no existing national or local definition of ‘strategic’ infrastructure, a broad definition has been applied to select not only schemes with a significant geographical coverage, scale or capital cost but also smaller scale schemes which remain strategically critical to the creation of successful places.

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Scheme Gaps

OxIS provides a framework to identify and asses strategic infrastructure, it considers schemes that are already proposed, rather than coming up with new schemes.

A key outcome of the Stage 1 Report is that the identified OxIS schemes do not fully address Oxfordshire’s needs to 2040. Explore this section to understand what those gaps are by each of the OxIS themes.

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Appraisal Methodology

This OxIS Stage 1 report includes an objective and logical appraisal of the schemes identified which is underpinned by the Oxfordshire Growth Board’s priorities. It is made up of two key components, a Needs-Based Appraisal and Growth Based Appraisal. These are combined to calculate an overall scheme score.

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Scheme Outcomes

OxIS is focused specifically on strategic infrastructure and is designed to support local plans but not replicate them. OxIS only considers schemes that can be delivered through capital funding and also discounts schemes that are already delivered, currently under construction or at an advanced stage of delivery planning (e.g. with full funding identified). Schemes already established in adopted Local Plans as an intrinsic requirement for the delivery of development sites by developers through the planning process (e.g. biodiversity net gain, highway mitigation, internal community centres) have also been discounted.

All identified strategic infrastructure schemes have been assessed against the multi-criteria appraisal explained above and plotted on an interactive map for ease of reference.

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Funding & Deliverability

Based on our collation of Strategic Infrastructure Schemes, within OxIS Stage 1 to date, there is set to be a considerable funding gap to 2040. Identifying and prioritising strategic infrastructure requirements is just part of the challenge, with the securing of adequate funding often providing the greatest risk to its delivery.

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OxIS FAQs

Our definition of 'good growth' forms the basis for a set of Guiding Principles – ground rules that will form the foundation for developing our plans, strategies and programmes.

What is the Oxfordshire Infrastructure Strategy and why is it important?
Why is OxIS split into two stages?
What makes infrastructure ‘strategic’?
Why aren’t all the schemes in my local plan listed within OxIS?
OxIS refers to infrastructure gaps across the County, how are Oxfordshire authorities going to address these?
I think something is missing from the scheme list; how can I make sure that it’s considered as part of OxIS?
How does OxIS link to development and delivery of the Oxfordshire Plan?
What does the score for a scheme mean and what methodology was used to define it?
When will I see these schemes become reality?
How can OxIS be used to help achieve our environmental and climate change ambitions?
How does this align with the Oxford-Cambridge Arc spatial framework?

Over to You

Your feedback is vital to helping us shape our county both now and in years to come. Please explore each of the sections and you’ll be able to let us know what you think by answering a number of questions.

Please note that this consultation runs until 31st August 2021 so please feedback by this date.

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