A vision for Banbury over the next 30 years has been agreed by councillors.

Cherwell District Council’s executive agreed at its January 9 meeting to start work on its Banbury Vision 2050 document which covers retail, culture and tourism, the evening economy, housing, employment, and connectivity.

Cllr Ian Corkin, deputy leader and portfolio holder for regeneration and economy, said: “We’re committed to the long-term regeneration and renewal of Banbury town centre, as the successful opening of Castle Quay Waterfront last year shows.

“With that major piece of work complete, we’re now looking at what’s next for Banbury. We know there are both challenges and opportunities for the town, including some fundamental shifts taking place in consumer behaviour, and what people expect of town centres as a result.

“We therefore need a clear vision for the future of Banbury that reflects the ambitions of everyone who uses the town centre, as well as these wider dynamic changes in the economy.

“By seeking people’s views on what they would like to see more of, our aim is to deliver a vision of the future that is both inspiring and deliverable, and there will be numerous opportunities for people to get involved and have their say as this exciting piece of work unfolds.”

A programme board will oversee the consultation and engagement process which is expected to start in the first quarter of 2023.

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