Westminster Social Policy Forum

Next steps for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc: economic development, infrastructure and housing

Morning, Thursday, 27th February 2020

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED


This timely conference will assess next steps for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc.


Delegates will discuss priorities for the transport and housing infrastructure, and wider issues for the development of the Arc and economic growth in the region.


It is timed to assess:

  • Progress in the region since the Joint Declaration of Ambition between government and local partners - which establishes a long-term vision for housing, infrastructural developments and unlocking the Arc’s economic potential; and
  • How the Arc fits into the new government’s regional development and infrastructure strategy.

The conference will also provide an opportunity to consider the next steps for the Arc’s four Local Industrial Strategies - for Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Buckinghamshire and South East Midlands - that were launched this summer.


Speakers and chair

There will be keynote addresses from: Kris Krasnowski, Deputy Director, Housing Delivery, Oxford - Cambridge Arc, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and Bridget Rosewell, Commissioner, National Infrastructure Commission.


Further speakers include: Kevin Bolt, Chief Executive, Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association; Professor Chas Bountra, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Innovation, University of Oxford; Rob Brighouse, Chairman, East West Railway Company; Naomi Green, Head of Technical Programme, England’s Economic Heartland; Richard Harrington, Chief Executive Officer, Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Councillor Barry Wood, Chair, The Arc Leaders Group.


We are delighted that Rt Hon the Lord Adonis has kindly agreed to chair part of this seminar.


The agenda

  • Next steps for developing the Arc;
  • Realising the full economic benefits of the Arc - innovation, collaboration and linking the four Local Industrial Strategies:
    • Collaboration, pooling resources and spreading economic growth across the region;
    • Engaging business, attracting inward investment and driving forward Local Industrial Strategies;
    • Establishing the Arc as a global-leading innovation hub; and
    • Attracting and developing high performing industries, investing in skills and maximising productivity.
  • Priorities for housing policy and delivery;
  • Developing and delivering infrastructure to unlock the Arc’s potential:
    • Strategies for housing delivery - making best use of land, improving affordability and engaging communities;
    • Progress of East West Rail and the challenges ahead;
    • Delivering major road improvements and the future of the Expressway;
    • Ensuring biodiversity net gain in new developments and priorities for species and landscape protection; and
    • Engaging businesses and communities, improving connectivity and reducing barriers to growth.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

This Westminster Social Policy Forum conference has attracted strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: BEIS; DCMS; Defra; DfT; DIT; DWP; Government Legal Department; HMRC; MHCLG and the Office of Government Property.



Keynote Speakers

Bridget Rosewell

Commissioner, National Infrastructure Commission

Kris Krasnowski

Deputy Director, Housing Delivery, Oxford - Cambridge Arc, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Keynote Speakers

Bridget Rosewell

Commissioner, National Infrastructure Commission

Kris Krasnowski

Deputy Director, Housing Delivery, Oxford - Cambridge Arc, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

John Gourd

Chief Executive Officer, Cambridge Network

Claire Ruskin

Executive Director, Cambridge Network

Chairs

Rt Hon the Lord Adonis

John Howell MP

Member of Parliament for Henley

Speakers

Richard Harrington

Chief Executive Officer, Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership

Councillor Barry Wood

Leader, Cherwell District Council and Chair, OxCam Arc Leaders

Jeanne Capey

Project Director, Environment Agency

Professor Chas Bountra

Pro-Vice Chancellor for Innovation, University of Oxford

Rob Brighouse

Chairman, East West Railway Company

Naomi Green

Head of Technical Programme, England’s Economic Heartland