Strategic Economic Plan

In 2016, OxLEP is currently refreshing the Strategic Economic Plan to so it can align better with Oxfordshire's current economic environment.

Please see FAQs for more information on the SEP.

Workshops on this SEP refresh took place across the county throughout February and March to provide valuable insight into the economic future of Oxfordshire. A period of public consultation then followed in April and May whereby local residents and business submitted their comments on the proposed SEP refresh.

The consultation period for the Oxfordshire SEP Refresh closed on 27th May 2016. We would like to extend our thanks to those who took the time to express views. The Consultation Responses document, together with an Addendum can be found here.

We have carefully considered the comments received during the public consultation period and have revised the SEP 2016 which can be accessed here.

We have been asked to publish the revised SEP with 'tracked changes' so that the changes can be seen clearly. This document can be accessed here.

The revised SEP is still a work in progress. It will be considered at the following over the autumn months:

  • The six Local Authority Executive and Cabinet meetings
  • The OxLEP Board
  • The Oxfordshire Growth Board
  • The Oxfordshire Skills Board

As with all consultation exercises it has not been possible to take account of every comment, due to the essential need for collaboration, prioritisation and compromise during the production of such a county-wide strategy document such as the SEP.

As well as addressing most of the comments received, we have also taken the opportunity to alter the overall structure of the SEP so that it reads more logically and smoothly. We have also made clearer our Priorities to 2020 and dropped the term 'Commitments' in favour of 'Actions to deliver the Priorities'. Where possible, we have indicated where we are either:

  • Direct deliverers of a service, i.e. Oxfordshire Business Support
  • Supporters, i.e. increases in housing delivery
  • Enablers, i.e. projects that are being delivered through our European Structural Investment Fund Plan
  • Influencers, i.e. in seeking funds from government for infrastructure and other projects

We have made the Actions SMART where it is possible to do so.

We have included new illustrations, including:

  • A revised infographic on page 8 showing how the economy is changing
  • A map showing Oxfordshire's strategic economic assets and another showing its strategic environmental assets - see pages 9 and 11
  • A table on page 13 that shows our main funding streams
  • A new infographic on page 14 that breaks down the priorities of the SEEIP, CCHTIP, Skills Strategy and Innovation Strategy as they relate to People, Place, Enterprise and Connectivity
  • Congestion heat maps on page 40

We have also attempted to make it as clear as possible throughout the document our relationship with Local Plan preparation and our role as a consultee on strategic site land allocations and strategic planning applications where we are (and will be) seeking Community Employment Plans to make sure that as many Oxfordshire people have access to training and job opportunities presented by the development.

We have not, as requested by the majority of respondents to the consultation draft, sought to challenge the figures for the new housing and jobs as expressed in the Strategic Housing Market Assessment 2014. This is because the Assessment was commissioned and accepted by the Local Planning Authorities and is a planning matter for each Council to consider through their Local Plan preparation processes, not for us to challenge through the SEP.

Next steps:

We will further revise the SEP in light of the comments received from the Local Authorities and the OxLEP, Oxfordshire Growth and Skills Boards. A final SEP 2016 will be published in November 2016.