Policy paper

Planning for sustainable growth in the Oxford-Cambridge Arc: spatial framework

Sets out the government’s plan for developing a long-term spatial framework for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc.

Applies to England



At Budget 2020, the government committed to developing, with local partners, a Spatial Framework for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc – the area that spans the five ceremonial counties of Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

This is an opportunity for us to work with communities and local partners to develop a plan that will:

  • support long-run sustainable economic growth across the area
  • help to make the area a brilliant place to live, work and travel in – for existing residents and future communities alike
  • support lasting improvements to the environment, green infrastructure and biodiversity

This policy paper sets out the government’s planned approach to developing the Oxford-Cambridge Arc Spatial Framework, including a timeline for delivery, its high level scope, and how we will work with local partners.

Published 18 February 2021