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Westminster Social Policy Forum keynote seminar: Next steps for the Oxford to Cambridge pan-regional partnership

This conference will assess latest developments and next steps for the Oxford to Cambridge region, and proposals for continued development and investment following the establishment of the pan-regional partnership.

Delegates will consider progress so far and priorities moving forward if the partnership’s aims are to be achieved in coordinating collaboration between local authorities to develop economic and infrastructure strategy. A focus for discussion will be next steps for engagement with communities, businesses, investors, higher education and other key stakeholders in the future of the region.

The agenda will bring out latest thinking on addressing challenges for taking forward infrastructure, transport and housing development plans, along with issues for local communities and residents.

We expect discussion on the viability of the East-West Rail project and strategic priorities for unlocking economic benefits, following NAO’s recent investigation, which highlighted the need for strategic policy coordination if anticipated benefits are to be realised.

The conference will be an opportunity to assess implications of the Government’s publication in the Spring Budget of the Case for Cambridge, with plans to establish a development corporation and proposals to increase house building in the area before 2050.

Date: June 4, 2024
Start: 8:30 am