Andrew Taylor (Chair) – Countryside Properties; Bev Hindle – Exec. Director, Arc Leadership Group; Adele Maher – DLUHC; Tim Burden – Turley
In February 2021, the Government launched a consultation seeking views on the creation of “a vision for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc” – the latest move in its effort to develop a Spatial Framework for the area (encompassing the ceremonial counties of Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire).
With the promise of Government investment, and co-ordinated National planning and transport policy, the initiative points to significant opportunity for businesses and communities across the arc.
However, these prospective opportunities are subject to significant uncertainty. The Government has recently backed away from a proposed target of 1 million new homes within the area, and a planned £3.5bn expressway was cancelled by the Government in March.
This event will bring together a range of key experts in strategic planning and on the Arc itself, in order to assess the opportunities presented by the Spatial Framework and the risks that some of these might not come to fruition.
It will consider the obstacles to success and the likelihood that these will be overcome – in terms of planning, investment and governance.