The Government has announced that it will explore options for a single spatial plan for the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford growth area (Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire).
This announcement formed part of the response to the NIC’s report on the area, published last November. Its first step will be to publish an “ambitious corridor-wide joint vision statement to 2050” by Spring 2019.
The Government proposes to use existing statutory powers to direct local planning authorities in the arc to undertake joint plans.
These proposals are part of the Government’s support for NIC’s ambition to build £1 million homes in the arc by 2050. It is also demonstrating support by providing £20 million of funding towards the business plan for the East-West rail link.
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