Oxfordshire Growth Board


Tuesday 22 September 2020 at 2.00 pm to be held as a virtual meeting viewable by weblink


From 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021, the Oxfordshire Growth Board meetings are managed by Vale of White Horse District Council.

Contact: Kevin Jacob, Growth Board Democratic Services Officer


Telephone: 01235 422191





Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council

Councillor Sue Cooper

Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council

(which holds the Chair)

Councillor Emily Smith

Leader of Cherwell District Council

Councillor Barry Wood

Leader of Oxford City Council

Councillor Susan Brown

Leader of Oxfordshire County Council

Councillor Ian Hudspeth

Leader of West Oxfordshire District Council

(which holds the Vice-Chair)

Councillor James Mills

Chairman of OxLEP

Jeremy Long

Vice-Chairman and Skills Board representative

Adrian Lockwood

Universities representative

Professor Alistair Fitt

OxLEP business representative - Bicester

Miranda Markham

OxLEP business representative – Oxford City

Peter Nolan

OxLEP business representative – Science Vale

Angus Horner

Homes England representative

Catherine Turner

Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Dr Kiren Collison

Environment Agency representative

Emma Hill




  1. The meeting will be web streamed. Please see the note at on how to observe the meeting.


  1. One member, one vote for each constituent local authority member only.  







Apologies for absence, declarations of interest and Chair's announcements 






Minutes  (Pages 6 - 13)


To adopt as a correct record the minutes of the Oxfordshire Growth Board meeting held on 28 July 2020.






Public participation 


Asking a question and addressing the Board

Questions (in full and in writing) or requests to make an address must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 16 September 2020 three clear working days before the Growth Board meeting.


Questions and addresses should be no longer than one side of A4 paper in Ariel 12 font. The address or question will be circulated to the Growth Board and read out by the democratic services officer or Chair on behalf of those who have submitted them. A response may be given at the meeting or a written answer supplied. The Chair will have discretion to manage the public participation procedure as they see appropriate. Public speakers may be invited to speak at the virtual meeting, subject to technical arrangements being in place. Written submissions may also be read out by the Chair or Democratic Services Officer where requested


Questions and notice of addresses must be submitted to






Growth Board Scrutiny Panel update  (To Follow)


To receive any feedback from the Growth Board Scrutiny Panel meeting held on 15 September.






Growth Board Continuous Improvement Programme  (Pages 14 - 21)


For action: To receive an update on progress being made with longer-term outcomes from the Growth Board review, and endorse any relevant recommendations.






England's Economic Heartland's Transport Strategy Consultation  (Pages 22 - 41)


For action: To consider whether the Growth Board wishes to make a submission to EEH in response to their draft Transport Strategy consultation.






Oxfordshire Economic Recovery Plan  (To Be Tabled)


For information: To receive a presentation concerning progress in the development of an Economic Recovery Plan for Oxfordshire, which is being developed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. 






OxCam Arc Local Natural Capital Plan presentation  (Pages 42 - 48)


For information: To receive a presentation from Jeanne Capey, Project Director, Environment Agenda.





Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal 





Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal Progress Report - Quarter One Year Three (Pages 49 - 63)



For information: To review the 2020/21 Quarter 1 progress report for the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal. 





Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal Financial Report - Quarter One Year Three (Pages 64 - 69)


            For information: To consider the 2020/21 Quarter 1 Housing and   Growth Deal             Finance report.





Infrastructure sub-group update (Pages 70 - 73)


For information: To receive an update from the Infrastructure Sub-Group.  Summary notes from the meeting held on 24 August are attached.





Oxfordshire Plan 2050 sub-group update (Pages 74 - 78)


For information: To receive an update from the Oxfordshire Plan 2050 Sub-Group.  Summary notes from the meetings held on 16 July and 20 August are attached.






Growth Board Forward Plan  (Pages 79 - 82)


For information: To note and comment on the Growth Board’s Forward Plan






Oxford to Cambridge Arc Update  (Pages 83 - 85)


For information: To receive an update from the Growth Board Director concerning developments within the Oxford to Cambridge Arc.







Updates on matters relevant to the Growth Board 


Growth Board members and officers may verbally update the Board concerning progress on matters previously before the Board for consideration, listed in the forward plan, or relevant to the Board’s future consideration. This is for the sharing of information, except where any actions are required that cannot reasonably be deferred to the next meeting.






Dates of next meetings 


The dates of future Growth Board meetings are below. These will normally be held on Tuesdays at Didcot Civic Hall, but may be held virtually and broadcast online, taking account of the latest Government guidance. Please refer to for the most up to date information.


·           24 November 2020

·           26 January 2021

·           22 February 2021 (added)

·           23 March 2021

·           8 June 2021





Councillors’ duties on declaring interests


General duty

You must declare any disclosable pecuniary interests when the meeting reaches the item on the agenda headed “Declarations of Interest” or as soon as it becomes apparent to you.


What is a disclosable pecuniary interest?

Disclosable pecuniary interests relate to your* employment; sponsorship (ie payment for expenses incurred by you in carrying out your duties as a councillor or towards your election expenses); contracts; land in the council’s area; licences for land in the council’s area; corporate tenancies; and securities.  These declarations must be recorded in each councillor’s register of interests which is publicly available on the council’s website.


Declaring an interest

Where any matter disclosed in your register of interests is being considered at a meeting, you must declare that you have an interest.  You should also disclose the nature as well as the existence of the interest.  If you have a disclosable pecuniary interest, after having declared it at the meeting you must not participate in discussion or voting on the item and must withdraw from the meeting whilst the matter is discussed.


Member’s Code of Conduct and public perception

Even if you do not have a disclosable pecuniary interest in a matter, the Councillors’ Code of Conduct says that a member “must serve only the public interest and must never improperly confer an advantage or disadvantage on any person including yourself” and that “you must not place yourself in situations where your honesty and integrity may be questioned”.  What this means is that the matter of interests must be viewed within the context of the code as a whole and regard should continue to be paid to the perception of the public.


*Disclosable pecuniary interests that must be declared are not only those of the member her or himself but also those of the member’s spouse, civil partner or person they are living with as husband or wife or as if they were civil partners.