As well as attracting some of the brightest minds around through its university networks, Oxfordshire is positioned at the heart of a global network of innovation.
This is supported by our Communities directorate, which has over 1,500 staff supporting highways, waste, property, environment, strategic planning and safety - as well as working with partner organisations.
Agile, intelligent and seamlessly connected. That’s the way community services should be. And it’s why we’re completely reinventing our approach.
In the last year, we delivered £20m of transport improvements, and over the next five years, we plan to deliver highway infrastructure projects valued up to £80m per year. We’ve successfully bid for government funding worth around £200m, with more bids in the pipeline.
When it comes to the role we play in daily life for our colleagues and our community, we want to be known as ‘the home of smarter thinking’. As such, the new communities directorate is structured to include:
- Community Operations
- Planning & Place
- Community Safety
We’re leading and contributing to a number of fascinating projects right now, and each one promises to make Oxfordshire an even better place to live, work and visit.
How we’re enhancing transport
In Oxfordshire, we’re supporting significant growth and investment by reinventing our entire transport and communications network. Imagine being able to travel directly from Oxford to Cambridge by train. Picture a superior cycle lane network that connects every corner of our county and visualise a world where electric vehicle charging points are part of your everyday.
How we’re supporting our thriving county
Ours is among one the fastest growing economies in the UK. Each year, we attract more visitors than before. As the challenge rises, so must we. In Oxford alone:
- 71% of jobs are in knowledge-intensive industries
- 4,750 businesses provide 120,000 jobs
- There are more jobs than residents – the jobs density ratio is 1.17
- At least 46,000 people commute into Oxford for work
- Key sectors of industry are health, education, research, technology, tourism, car manufacturing, and publishing
How we’re helping this fast-growing international region grow
Between 2011 and 2031, we’re planning to build around 100,000 new homes, with associated roads, schools, utilities, jobs and enterprises. In the future, we’ll be funded directly by business rates, so a thriving economy with high productivity will be critical to sustaining everything we do.
We’re continuing to gear up for the growth agenda, and we take our place confidently at the national, regional and local influencing tables.
Facts and figures
A rise in planning applications
1052 applications in 2016/17, compared to 396 applications in 2013/14.
An increase in new housing
Didcot North: 1,880 homes, plus schools and facilities (outline consent June 2018).
Wallingford Site B: 555 homes, plus one school and facilities (outline consent October 2017).
A surge in revenue generated through developer contributions
Over £125 million in contributions to infrastructure so far in 2017/18, compared to £52 million in contributions to infrastructure in 2013/14.
Huge investment in infrastructure
£12.5 million invested in the Access to Headington project to improve traffic management and transportation. (Investment from central government funding for infrastructure and local developer contributions.)