Many of Oxfordshire’s plans and wider policy and strategy documents pre-date the declaration of a climate emergency in 2019 and the subsequent county-wide and district Climate Action Frameworks produced in 2020 and 2021. This recent shift in priorities means there is a substantial absence of schemes currently identified which specifically aim to reduce carbon emissions across the county, further highlighting the need for this updated and needs-based OxIS.
The National Infrastructure Commission Report (2020) identifies a critical need for future infrastructure schemes to reduce carbon emissions both from energy and transport sources(approximately 82% of Oxfordshire’s carbon emissions).
Recommended Additional Future Schemes to Address Environment Needs to 2040 are listed here:
Whilst there are several identified schemes, such as active travel improvements, which address many of the place-shaping needs, there is lack of schemes intended to address Oxfordshire’s needs to improve social cohesion and perception of crime occurring.
Recommended Additional Future Schemes to Address Place-Shaping Needs to 2040 are listed here:
There are significant shortcomings in the existing digital infrastructure, particularly in urban areas. This has been amplified by the recent spike in home working and shopping, as well as significant global uptake in digital technology. Other needs are highlighted by the recent National Bus Strategy, which requires the development of a Bus Service Improvement Plan to set out the county’s plan for improving bus services for passengers.
Recommended Additional Future Schemes to Address Connectivity Needs to 2040 are listed here: