Creating a vision for Oxford in 2050

Oxford has changed a lot in the last three decades. In the 1980s, the Clarendon Centre opened, Gloucester Green was redeveloped to create a new public square and Cornmarket Street had not yet been pedestrianised.

Now we’re considering what Oxford should look like in another three decades’ time – and we want your views.

Our hope is to create a vision statement for what Oxford should look like in 2050 – a document that residents, businesses and institutions in the city can sign up to, so that everyone is pulling together in one direction.

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Consultation themes

Our public consultation was split into five themes.

If you’d still like to submit your thoughts and views you can contact us at

Oxford2050 Voices

At the heart of successful policy design are systems that have the capacity to reflect and to learn, to shape a city that is open to new innovations, flexible in its economic agility and intelligent in understanding the drivers behind such change.

 – Professor Michael Keith, Director of COMPAS and University of Oxford Future Cities Network
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Many cities, of course, face similar challenges, but  I believe that we’ve reached a critical point in the history of our 1,000 year old city, as the scale and pace of technological change in the next decade or two will confront us with choices that are too big to be dealt with in the incremental ways that we have adopted in the past.

 – Councillor Bob Price, Leader of Oxford City Council
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Transport in 2050 must involve more public provision, and lots of really good quality cycling and walking. The asthmatic wheeze of the internal combustion engine should be a distant memory.

 – Councillor Andrew Gant, Leader of Liberal Democrats, Oxford City Council
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Oxford will lead on this system change and will attract people from all over the world to learn from us in how to create a truly intersectional cultural and artistic offer.

 – Emmy O’Shaughnessy, Director of Ark T Centre
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Oxford will demonstrate that art is not the icing on the cake but is fundamental to the well-being of individuals and society.

– Jeremy Spafford, Director, Arts at the Old Fire Station
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Improving the quality as well as increasing the quantity of residential developments is a key component of our Vision. Better design will place more emphasis on place, community and context, encourage healthy lifestyles, and strong communities, and meet the needs of changing society.

 – Ian Green, Chairman of Oxford Civic Society
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By 2050, I hope that Oxford will become a city where everybody can contribute towards its success and that that contribution is heard and acknowledged

– Steve Burgess, CEO of The Oxford Trust
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We as a city have always flourished, and although 2050 may see changes no-one can predict, we can be sure that Oxford will remain a tolerant, historic, impactful, cultural centre of learning. In short, the future looks bright.

 – Barnaby Evans, Year 12, Cheney School
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