Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford: A Corridor of Uncertainty for the Countryside
The Government is set to accept a recommendation from the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) to build 1 million new homes between Oxford, Milton Keynes and Cambridge.
NIC recommendations also include 1.1 million new jobs, the re-opening of a railway link (known as ‘East West Rail’) between Cambridge and Oxford, and a major new road called the ‘Oxford-Cambridge Expressway’.
CPRE is concerned about the way the Government has approached this issue, for three key reasons:
- There is a troubling democractic deficit around these plans, and there has been no formal public consultation on the NIC recommendations;
- There has been no formal Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the impact of the proposals for development in the Arc;
- There is a lack of vision for housing.
This briefing sets out what CPRE are calling for, which is:
- A full parliamentary inquiry into the proposals
- A proper planning process with local involvement
- An Arc-wide commitment to high standards of affordable housing provision and design
- Protection and improvement of the environment
- Improvements to public transport, not a new road