The government has announced a 12-week public consultation on the future of the Oxford-Cambridge Arc; the area encompassing Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. This is an opportunity to help to create a vision for Northamptonshire to 2050.
Contribute Your Views
You can find out more and contribute your views on the Future of the Arc website.
The Oxford-Cambridge Arc
The Government wants to hear your views to help create a vision for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc Spatial Framework, and in doing so guide the future growth of the area to 2050.
They are keen to hear from people who live, work, travel and have a business based in the area, as well as those who just have an interest in the future of the Arc and the area it covers.
They will consider all comments received to this consultation, which, alongside other considerations, will help create the Spatial Framework’s vision for the Arc to 2050. It will also help to inform the development of the Sustainability Appraisal.
About the 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.
This forms an ‘Arc’, which provides a place to live for approximately 3.7 million residents and supports over 2 million jobs. Adding over £110 billion in economic output every year, it is home to one of the fastest growing economies in England.
It is a unique place, home to cutting-edge research, globally renowned science and technology clusters, and some of the most productive towns and cities in the country. It contains a vibrant natural environment, world-leading universities, and a rich cultural heritage.
Setting the ambition – the Arc in 2050
The ambition for the Arc is to build a better economic, social and environmental future for the area. There is an opportunity to make the Arc an even more beautiful place to live, work and visit, by making high-quality, well-connected and sustainable communities.
In February 2021, the Governmant set out how they intend to develop a Spatial Framework to help realise an ambition to support sustainable economic growth in the Oxford-Cambridge Arc, under four policy ‘pillars’: the environment; the economy; connectivity and infrastructure; and place-making.
They believe that the Spatial Framework will allow them to make the area a better place to live and work for all, as well as leaving a long-term legacy by protecting and enhancing the Arc’s built and natural environment and beautiful places.
The government will lead the development of the Framework, working closely with communities and local stakeholders at each step.
In spring 2022, they expect to publish the vision as well as a public consultation on options for the policies in the Spatial Framework. They will also publish a summary of comments received and our response as part of this consultation, so you can see how views have been taken into account.