Scheme Gaps

Environment Related Scheme Gaps

No identified Schemes
Wide range of identified schemes

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:


Health Related Scheme Gaps

No identified Schemes
Wide range of identified schemes
The identified schemes do not fully address Oxfordshire’s needs for a more preventative approach to enhancing people’s physical and mental health. In particular, the COVID-19 crisis has raised the profile of the role that access to green space and space for physical activity plays in addressing health inequalities and enhancing people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Recommended Additional Future Schemes to Address Health Needs to 2040 are listed here:
  • Outdoor Green Space Schemes: There is a lack of identified outdoor green space schemes, such as parks, to address Oxfordshire’s future need to improve people’s physical activity levels, mental health and social integration.
  • Indoor and Outdoor Sport Schemes: Some District Councils do not identify indoor and outdoor sport and leisure schemes, such as swimming pools, sports halls and playing pitches, to address the future need to improve people’s physical activity levels, and mental health.
  • Primary Healthcare Schemes: The funding limitations of the OCCG mean there is a lack of tangible GP and health centre schemes to address Oxfordshire’s future need to ensure sufficient primary care access. There is an opportunity for greater partnership working to ensure that schemes are developed in tandem with the trajectories of future site delivery.
  • Social Care Schemes: There is an absence of adult social care schemes currently identified to address Oxfordshire’s future needs to accommodate for the ageing population. Opportunities exist to develop integrated schemes with wither infrastructure providers such as cultural services and the emergency services to ensure this gap is fulfilled.

Place-Shaping Related Scheme Gaps

No identified Schemes
Wide range of identified schemes

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:


Productivity Related Scheme Gaps

No identified Schemes
Wide range of identified schemes
Gaps to address the productivity needs are primarily associated with education schemes, concerning Special Educational Needs alongside adult education schemes. There is also an absence of schemes, such as community hubs or transport schemes, which are specifically intended to address Oxfordshire’s socio-economic inequalities.

Recommended Additional Future Schemes to Address Productivity Needs to 2040 are listed here:
  • Early Years Education Schemes: OCC and the five District Councils need to ensure adequate education provision for all children aged between two and four. This will support parents in returning to work should they wish, leading to increased productivity, and contribute to educating a skilled workforce.
  • Special Educational Needs Schemes: There is a need for the development of schemes to alleviate the shortage of special school places by increasing capacity across the county.
  • Adult Education Schemes: The economic impacts of COVID-19 combined with the need to build a global innovation ecosystem, means there is a requirement for additional adult education schemes across Oxfordshire to upskill and retrain adults to align with the future workforce requirements.
  • Schemes Specifically Targeting Socio-Economic Inequalities: There is a need for intervention schemes which address the need to reduce socio-economic inequalities (e.g. Blackbird Leys in Oxford, Ruscote in Banbury).
  • Affordable Housing Schemes: The delivery of approximately 70,000 new homes during the Core Local Plan Period will address the historic housing shortfall in Oxfordshire, however, it is essential that a considerable proportion of these homes are truly affordable to fulfil the need to attract and retain talent in the county.

Connectivity Related Scheme Gaps

No identified Schemes
Wide range of identified schemes

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:


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