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


Monday 17 January 2022 at 6.30 pm

Virtual meeting viewable by weblink


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 - 11)


To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 23 November 2021.





Public participation  (To Follow)


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 11 January 2022.  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 Future Oxfordshire Partnership’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.





Oxfordshire Connect Rail Programme  (Pages 12 - 18)


To consider an update for Future Oxfordshire Partnership on progress with the Oxfordshire Connect Rail Programme.





Future Oxfordshire Partnership response to Scrutiny Panel recommendations  (Pages 19 - 21)


To consider the Future Oxfordshire Partnership’s response to the recommendations from the Scrutiny Panel meeting held on 23 November 2021.





Oxfordshire Infrastructure Strategy (OxIS)- Stage 1  (Pages 22 - 70)


To consider a report to the Future Oxfordshire Partnership setting out the outcomes of the Stage 1 report for the Oxfordshire Infrastructure Strategy and confirm scope of Stage 2.





Delivering a Zero Carbon Oxfordshire Route Map and Action Plan Proposal  (Pages 71 - 76)


To consider a report to the Future Oxfordshire Partnership setting out  proposals from the Environment Advisory Group concerning the next steps that can be taken following the recently published “Pathways to a Zero Carbon Oxfordshire Report.”





Feedback from Joint meeting with the Oxfordshire Health and Wellbeing Board  (Pages 77 - 79)


To consider a report to the Future Oxfordshire Partnership setting out feedback and any actions arising from a joint meeting between the Future Oxfordshire Partnership and the Oxfordshire Health and Wellbeing Board.





Housing and Growth Deal Reports 





Infrastructure Advisory Group update


To receive an update from the Infrastructure Advisory Group held on 12 January 2022.





Oxfordshire Plan 2050 Advisory Group update (Pages 80 - 82)


To receive the summary notes from the meeting of the Oxfordshire Plan Advisory Group 2050 held on 18 November 2021.





Environment Advisory Group update (Pages 83 - 85)


To receive the summary notes of the meeting of the Environment Advisory Group held on 26 November 2021.





Partnerships network  (Pages 86 - 89)


To consider a report to the Future Oxfordshire Partnership setting out an update on partnership activities linked to the Future Oxfordshire Partnership, with an illustration of how they are related.





Oxford to Cambridge Arc Update  (Verbal Report)


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





Work programme for the Scrutiny Panel and action log - January 2022  (Pages 90 - 97)


To discuss the draft work programme for the Panel and status of actions from the previous meeting.





Dates of next meetings 


The dates of future Scrutiny Panel meetings are below. Please refer to for the most up to date information on times and locations.


·           Tuesday 15 March 2022

·           Tuesday 31 May 2022 (now 7 June 2022)

·           Tuesday 19 July 2022


Proposed meeting dates for September 2022 to July 2023.


·           Tuesday 20 September 2022

·           Tuesday 22 November 2022

·           Wednesday 18 January 2023

·           Monday 13 March 2023

·           Tuesday 6 June 2023

·           Tuesday 18 July 2023


Recommendation: That the Future Oxfordshire Partnership Scrutiny Panel note the dates of proposed meetings September 2022 to July 2023.










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.