The Cambridge, Milton Keynes and Oxford growth corridor requires targeted investment in infrastructure and stronger governance arrangements to maximize growth and productivity.
Evidence submitted by the RTPI to the National Infrastructure Commission’s consultation on the growth corridor states infrastructure should be used to unlock land for housing that is currently undeveloped due to poor transport connections. It says new transport infrastructure should cater for the expansion of and connectivity between technology clusters, housing, and community access to amenities such as schools, hospitals and other services.
The RTPI recommended the NIC look at these examples where infrastructure has been used to facilitate house building, jobs and the creation of places:
- Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone
- Temple Quarter, Bristol
- ‘City Technology Plan, Chicago
- URBED, the plan to sustainably double the size of Oxford which won the 2014 Wolfsen Economic Prize
The RTPI has also said that the growth corridor requires stronger governance at the city-region scale to foster stronger growth and greater productivity. Greater cooperation between the three councils could be encouraged by financial incentives from the UK Government. The UK Government should further devolve powers to the councils along with additional funding in return for a substantial increase in housing supply.
The RTPI noted the current policy of public land disposal has been too slow and that there hasn’t been enough land released to allow enough housing to be built to meet current or future demand.
Read: RTPI’s full response to the consultation on the Cambridge, Milton Keynes and Oxford growth corridor
Read: RTPI’s Tech and planning Policy Paper
Read: RTPI’s Strategic Planning Policy Paper