This is the place to make contact with other communities and individuals, share problems and find solutions, and discuss new ideas.
We know from feedback that networking sessions are among CFO’s most popular and useful events. People like finding out what’s happening elsewhere and getting to know others. What’s also become clear with Covid-19 is that while people have been doing fantastic work it has been very demanding. This makes it all the more important to find new ways to connect.
That’s why we’ve set up OxBuzz – to offer a virtual support and discussion space to share information and support peer to peer reflection. Anyone can read posts made on the forum but if you want to make a post or join a discussion you have to register.
Planning White Paper - your concerns and comments
The recently published government's Planning for the Future White Paper has given rise to much concern across the political spectrum.
CFO shares the concern of Action with Communities in Rural England that 'the reforms will have a detrimental impact on many rural communities.' In particular, zoning will undermine rural communities ability to thrive; Rural residents will lack a voice in Local Plans or planning applications; Neighbourhood Plans will be reduced in importance and; Delivery of new affordable housing will be curtailed.
As a county with some of the highest house prices in England, and skyrocketing private rents, Oxfordshire can ill afford the already patchy delivery of affordable housing to slow even further. Likewise, the suggested measures threaten the fantastic, highly considered work of the many Neighbourhood Planning groups around the county, many of which CFO has helped and continue to help.
Are you a member of a Neighbourhood Planning group, a local councillor, or just a concerned resident - what do you think of the proposed changes? How can your community be helped to make the most of the planning system?