Resources and links

CPRE the Countryside Charity

CPRE's response to the Vision consultation can be found at

Reaction of CPRE Cambridgeshire to the Spatial Plan Policy Paper 23rd Feb 2021

A Joint Vision for Planning – CPRE’s shared vision for a positive planning system, published alongside a broad range of housing, planning, transport, environmental, heritage, built environment and public health organisations January 2021

Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford: A Corridor of Uncertainty for the Countryside: A briefing by the Campaign to Protect Rural England October 2018

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Other useful campaign sites

Stop the Arc Group -

Smart Growth UK -  (see especially their Over-Heated Arc report, parts 1 & 2)

Transport Action Network -

Transport for New Homes -


Relevant documents of interest

The Oxford-Cambridge Arc: government ambition and joint declaration between Government and local partners March 2019

Partnering for Prosperity: A new deal deal for the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford Arc – published by the National Infrastructure Commission Nov 2017 and the Government response to this Oct 2018

Draft Transport Strategy published by England’s Economic Heartland July 2020

The Oxford-Cambridge Arc Economic Prospectus published by the Arc Leaders Group Oct 2020

Unfortunately, we cannot provide a link to the Arc Leaders Group.  Despite its comprising local council leaders and our democratically elected representatives, they meet in secret and don’t publish agendas or minutes.   Apparently, they are not a decision-making body (although they have spent public money on producing an Arc Economic Prospectus).  After much pressure from CPRE Oxfordshire, the Group’s Terms of Reference were finally shared with the Oxfordshire Growth Board and you can see them here.

Nature’s Arc - a set of principles for protecting and restoring nature and tackling climate change if large-scale developments get the go-ahead in the Oxford-Cambridge Growth Arc – published by the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT), the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire (WTBCN), the RSPB and the Woodland Trust June 2020


How did wildlife groups start collaborating in the destruction of nature?  Article in The Guardian by George Monbiot 24th June 2020

Other useful websites

England’s Economic Heartland – the sub-national Transport Body for the region:

Highways England – leading work on the OxCam Expressway (currently paused):

National Infrastructure Commission:

The Arc Universities Group:

Please note that the inclusion of document and website references above should not be taken as endorsement of their contents.

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