Michael Tyce of CPRE Oxfordshire
My vision for our county is that it continues to be predominantly rural, as it is now. Whilst there must be of course be growth to provide the houses people need, and maintain the full employment we enjoy, this must not be at the unnecessary expense of the environment we treasure.
The National Infrastructure Commission has a very different vision of a ‘once-in-a-generation-opportunity’, as they call it, for Oxfordshire to be part of an intensive Growth Corridor.
To give an idea of the scale of what is intended, Oxfordshire presently has 280,000 dwellings and the plan is to increase this to 600,000. That is equivalent to every settlement more than doubling in size, or another six Oxfords, or two Liverpools.