Oxfordshire County Council Communities Directorate

We’re proud to serve Oxfordshire. As well as attracting some of the brightest minds around, our county is positioned at the heart of a global network of innovation.

The Communities Directorate consists of approximately 1,500 staff supporting the County’s Highway, Waste, Property, Environment, Strategic Planning and Safety functions with many more people engaged in service delivery through our key supply chain or partner organisations. It plays a key role in delivering the councils vision to have:

Thriving Communities
Where every community thrives and everyone can play an active part.

Thriving People 
Where everyone leads safe, healthy lives while people with the greatest need are cared for.

Thriving Economy
Create jobs and homes for the future.

Agile, intelligent and seamlessly connected. That’s the way community services should be.  And it’s why we’re completely reinventing our approach. Together, we look after 2785 miles of road, 1100 property assets and determine or respond to over 1,000 major planning applications.  In the last year we delivered £20m of transport improvements, and over the next five years, we plan to deliver highway infrastructure projects valued up to £80m per year, and we’ve successfully bid for government funding worth around £200m, with more bids in the pipeline.

When it comes to the role we play in daily life for our colleagues and our community, we want to be known as ‘The home of smarter thinking’. As such, the new Oxfordshire County Council’s Communities Directorate is now structured to include:

  • Development & Investment,
  • Community Facilities & Operations
  • Planning & Place
  • Community Safety

How we’re enhancing this fantastic place to live and work

There’s so much to love about Oxfordshire. We strike the perfect balance between beautiful countryside, quaint villages, thriving market towns and a vibrant urban dynamic.  From world-renowned universities and hospitals, to cutting edge science and research business parks – we’re a diverse and prosperous county. And right now, we’re supporting significant growth and investment.

For starters, we’re reinventing our entire transport and communications network. Imagine being able to travel direct from Oxford to Cambridge by train. Picture a superior cycle lane network that connects every corner of our county. And, visualise a world where electric vehicle charging points are part of your everyday.

How we’re supporting our thriving county

Ours is among the fastest growing economies. Each year, we attract more visitors than before. As the challenge rises, so must we. In Oxford alone:

  • 71% of jobs are in knowledge-intensive industries
  • 4,750 businesses provide 120,000 jobs
  • There are more jobs than residents – the jobs density ratio is 1.17
  • At least 46,000 people commute into Oxford for work
  • Gross value added to the UK economy in 2015 was £7.34 billion
  • Key sectors of industry are health, education, research, technology, tourism, car manufacturing, and publishing
  • Nearly seven million visitors came through the city in 2014, supporting over 13,000 jobs in Oxford.

How we’re helping this fast-growing international region grow

Between 2011 and 2031, we’re planning to build around 100,000 new homes, with associated roads, schools, utilities, jobs and enterprises. In the future, we’ll be funded directly by business rates, so a thriving economy with high productivity will be critical to sustaining everything we do.

We’re continuing to gear up for the growth agenda, and we take our place confidently at the national, regional and local influencing tables. To reflect our new way of working, our next Local Plan will be a joint one addressing a number of demanding strategic policy issues we need to address.

  • Population: 161,300 (ONS 2016 mid-year estimate)
  • Currently the twelfth fastest growing city, with one third of the population aged 18-29
  • 32,000 students are enrolled for full-time studies in two universities
  • Largest proportion of adults in full-time studies of any city in England and Wales
  • Third highest ethnic minority population in south-east England
  • 28% of residents were born outside of the United Kingdom.

Property

The council’s property asset portfolio includes over 1100 assets, 520 in the schools estate; 615 in the corporate estate.  With property assets in all Oxfordshire towns and ranging from schools, social care facilities and adult learning provision to culture, arts and heritage venues.

M&E engineers, Surveyors building and estates, architects, Commercial, Quality, Estate Safety and Health roles, Business Property posts.