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Spring Statement: Oxford-Cambridge Arc statement

13 March 2019

Map of Arc Oxford-Cambridge Arc

With today’s Spring Statement, the Chancellor of the Exchequer published the Government’s ambition and joint declaration between Government and local partners for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc (including SEMLEP).

The document reaffirms the commitment to progress a long-term plan to realise the Arc’s full potential.  It also announces broad public engagement to commence later this year which will help inform future plans for the Arc.

Together, the Government and the local Arc partners are working on four core themes:

  • Productivity
  • Place-making
  • Connectivity
  • Environment

Cllr Barry Wood, the Chair of the Arc Leaders Group, SEMLEP Board member and Leader of Cherwell District Council said: 

"As Chair of the Arc Leaders Group - representing local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships across the Oxford to Cambridge Arc - I welcome the Government’s continued recognition of the importance of this part of the UK.

"Most significantly, I welcome the commitment to work with local authorities, enterprise partnerships and communities to not only promote the Arc’s great potential, but to ensure existing and future residents see the benefits ahead of and alongside growth.

"This opportunity is about so much more than housing numbers and represents a real opportunity for Government to work from the bottom up, to define and deliver this vital economic and innovation engine of the UK – but doing so in a way that is not in spite of the people but indeed for them and including them.

"There will be concern about impact on communities and strain on the infrastructure which we already feel needs investment and the need to protect valuable heritage assets and to enhance biodiversity; however, we feel that by working with Government, we stand the best chance of delivering sustainable and positive growth and that we can make places we are proud to live, work and learn in.

"We look forward to even greater clarity on the investment we can secure to help us plan for and facilitate future planned growth, and to enable closer working with business, the great universities of the Arc, the vital health and education sectors and most importantly our residents."

Download the full declaration from the Government website

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