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Statement on the Government’s plan for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc

This week, the government has published a new plan designed to transform the Oxford-Cambridge Arc region into one of the world’s premier growth areas and a world-leader in sustainability. 

In response, Cllr Emily Smith, Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council, said:

“While the Arc Spatial Framework is a government led piece of work, local councils have been invited to engage with the government while they produce the Framework.

“I think this is an opportunity to help the government understand the local impact of the plans and to shape the Framework into something that works for residents and businesses in Oxfordshire.

“The work that takes place on a regional and national level will have a much larger impact on the climate emergency than anything we can do as an individual council. Therefore, I intend to use our collective local influence to push for stronger environmental planning policies and investment in green technology.”

About the Oxford-Cambridge Arc

The Oxford-Cambridge Arc (the Arc) is a globally significant area between Oxford, Milton Keynes and Cambridge. It is formed of five ceremonial counties: Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire.

It supports over two million jobs, adds over £110 billion to the economy every year and houses one of the fastest growing economies in England.

For more information please visit the government’s website.