Statement from Councillor Andy Graham, Leader of West Oxfordshire District Council on the recent decisions around Expressions of Interest for Investment Zones in the county
"Investment in our local area is something West Oxfordshire District Council is always looking to generate but it has to be the right type of investment.
"We need to manage growth carefully so that we protect our communities, through retention of planning and environment regulations, not abandoning them. When building new homes and growing our economy we need to make sure infrastructure enhances quality of life for our residents.
“This proposal from Government appeared to come with a number of risks, including to our local environment and limiting the delivery of affordable homes amongst other issues. The Government have rushed this scheme without the required details or time for local councils to feedback on how it could be changed to make sure that it works for our areas.”