The Future Oxfordshire Partnership Scrutiny Panel, (formerly the Oxfordshire Growth Board Scrutiny Panel)


Monday 13 September 2021 at 6.30 pm

Virtual via Zoom


Contact: Kevin Jacob, Future Oxfordshire Partnership Democratic Services Officer


Telephone: 07917 088356





Councillor Jabu Nala-Hartley

Councillor Katherine Miles

Councillor Lucy Pegg

Oxford City Council

Councillor Adam Nell

Councillor David Hughes

Councillor Sean Woodcock, (Vice-Chair)

Cherwell District Council

Councillor Andrew Gant, (Chair)

Councillor Brad Baines

Councillor Liam Walker

Oxfordshire County Council

Councillor Peter Dragonetti

Councillor David Turner

Councillor Victoria Haval

South Oxfordshire District Council

Councillor Andy Cooke

Councillor Matt Barber

Councillor Samantha Bowring

Vale of White Horse District Council

Councillor Derek Cotterill

Councillor Alex Postan

Councillor Dan Levy

West Oxfordshire District Council


  1. The quorum is six members, one from each council. Substitutes are allowed and should be notified to the contact above.


  1. To watch this meeting, follow this link to the Future Oxfordshire Partnership’s YouTube channel at Arrangements are subject to change at short notice so please refer to the agenda page at










Apologies for absence, substitutes; declarations of interest, Chair's announcements 





Minutes of the previous meeting  (Pages 6 - 13)


To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 12 July 2021.





Public participation 


Members of the public may submit an address or question in writing to the Scrutiny Panel, where full notice of the question or address is given to the secretariat no later than 17:00 on Tuesday 7 September 2021.  Questions and addresses submitted should be no longer than one side of A4 paper in Arial 12 font. The address or question will be circulated to the Panel and public speakers will be invited to speak at the virtual meeting. Written submissions may also be read out by the Chair or Democratic Services Officer where requested or if the person making the request for public speaking is not able to attend the meeting. A response may be given at the meeting or a written answer supplied. Questions and notice of addresses must be submitted to


Note: This meeting may be recorded for live broadcast via the Growth Board’s YouTube Channel - at the start of the meeting the Chair will confirm the meeting is being filmed. By registering to speak you are consenting to being recorded and to the use of those video and audio recordings for webcasting.





Future Oxfordshire Partnership response to Scrutiny Panel recommendations  (Pages 14 - 16)


To consider the Future Oxfordshire Partnership’s response to the recommendations from the Scrutiny Panel meeting held on 12 July 2021.





Oxfordshire Economic Recovery Plan Update  (Pages 17 - 41)


To consider a report to the Future Oxfordshire Partnership on the progress of the Oxfordshire Economic Recovery Plan, overseen by the Economic Recovery Task Group, and the headline performance of the Oxfordshire economy as it emerges from the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.





Update on Local Nature Partnership Establishment  (Pages 42 - 45)


To consider a report setting out an update on the establishment of a Local Nature Partnership in Oxfordshire.





The Oxford to Cambridge Arc Vision Consultation  (Pages 46 - 55)


To consider a report to the Future Oxfordshire Partnership setting out a draft response to HM Government’s consulation on a draft Vision for the Oxford to Cambridge Arc.





Oxford to Cambridge Arc Update  (Verbal Report)


To receive any relevant update from the Director of the Future Oxfordshire Partnership concerning developments withn the Oxford to Cambridge Arc.





Housing and Growth Deal Reports 





Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal Progress Report - Year 4, Quarter 1 (Pages 56 - 64)


To consider a report to the Future Oxfordshire Partnership setting out the 2021/22 Quarter 1 progress report for the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal and endorse any amendments to the programmes of work as necessary.





Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal Financial Report - Year 4, Quarter 1 (Pages 65 - 70)


To consider a report to the Future Oxfordshire Partnership setting out a financial summary for 2021/2022, Quarter 1 of the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal.





Housing Advisory Group Update (Pages 71 - 73)


To receive the summary notes from the Housing Advisory Group held on 6 July 2021.





Oxfordshire Plan 2050 Advisory Group Update (Pages 74 - 81)


To receive an update from the Oxfordshire Plan 2050 Advisory Group. Summary notes from the meetings held on 15 July and 12 August 2021 are attached.





Environment Advisory Group Update (Pages 82 - 85)


To receive an update from the Environment Advisory Group. Summary notes from the meeting held on 3 August 2021 are attached.





Work programme for the Scrutiny Panel - September 2021  (Pages 86 - 87)


To discuss the draft work programme for the Panel.





Draft Scrutiny Panel response to the Oxfordshire Plan 2050 Regulation 18 Part 2 Consultation  (Pages 88 - 109)


To consider a draft response (Appendix 1) to the Oxfordshire Plan 2050 Regulation 18 Part 2 Consultation, produced by a working group of four members from the Scrutiny Panel.





Dates of next meetings 


The dates of confirmed future Scrutiny Panel meetings are below, all meetings at 6.30 pm. Please refer to for the most up to date information.


·           Monday 15 November 2021 (now 23 November 2021)

·           Monday 17 January 2022

·           Tuesday 15 March 2022

·           Tuesday 31 May 2022

·           Tuesday 19 July 2022





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 themselves, 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.