To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has plans for investment in active transport as part of delivering sustainable housing growth in Oxfordshire.
The Government is committed to supporting the delivery of homes in areas affected by severe affordability pressures, such as Oxfordshire. To this end, we have secured a Housing & Growth Deal with Oxfordshire, supporting the delivery of 100,000 homes by 2031. At Spring Statement, the Chancellor announced £218 million of funding from the Housing Infrastructure Fund for the Access to Didcot Garden Town scheme. This funding is for transport infrastructure, which includes improved cycling provision, to unlock much needed new homes in the area.
Investment for active transport projects relating to housing can be provided if they demonstrate they would provide considerable benefits, including in relation to the goal of promoting sustainable modes of transport. The Government has provided dedicated funding to Oxfordshire County Council to support the development of a Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan, which enables local authorities to take a strategic approach to planning local cycling and walking improvements, and to integrate these into wider development plans.