Policy & Representation

Government Consultations and Open Letters

Responses to national and local consultations

Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce actively identifies policy areas where we can ensure a meaningful Thames Valley business voice is placed at the heart of national and local decision-making. We focus on the key priorities outlined in our Business Manifesto and Local Chamber Policy Priority Statements.

Below are responses to national and local consultations, which are backed-up with representation either directly by the Chamber, and our members, or the British Chamber of Commerce. There are also open letters we have sent to Government and local authorities. Please click on the links to view each item.


Government Consultations

Download our responses to Consultations on the following topics:

Decarbonising Transport Setting the Challenge – Creating a Plan for Decarbonising Transport – 28th August 2020

Aviation 2050: The future of UK aviation – 13 June 2019

Improving Rail Links to Heathrow from the West and Beyond – Public Consultation – 21 June 2018

Great Western Rail Franchise Consultation – 13 February 2018

Industrial Strategy White Paper – 29 November 2017

Building our Industrial Strategy – Summary Response – 13 April 2017


Local Consultations

Download our responses to Consultations on the following topics:

Reading Transport Strategy 2036 – Consultation Response – 25th August 2020

Transport Strategy for the South East – Consultation Response – 7th January 2020

Bracknell Forest Council Local Plan Consultation & Jealott’s Hill – 12th December 2019

Redevelopment of Oxford Railway Station – 22nd November 2019

England’s Economic Heartland – Outline Transport Strategy Response – 30th October 2019 

Berkshire Local Industrial Strategy (BLIS): Framework document – 21 June 2019

Introducing the Oxfordshire Plan 2050 – Public Consultation – 25 March 2019

Letter of support for Bracknell Forest Council’s expression of interest to Future High Streets Fund (re. continued development of Bracknell Town Centre) – 8 March 2019

Swindon and Wiltshire Joint Spatial Framework – 15 December 2017

Swindon Economic Strategy 2016-2026 – 17 July 2017


Heathrow Consultations

Download our responses to Consultations on the Expansion of Heathrow Airport: 

 Heathrow Airport Expansion Consultation – 13 Sept 2019

 Heathrow Airspace and Future Operations Consultation (Jan 2019) –  1 March 2019

 LHR Airport Expansion Consultation – 28 March 2018

 Statement of Approach Airports National Policy Statement  – 28 November 2017

 Draft Airports National Policy Statement: new runway capacity and infrastructure at   airports in the South  East of England – 24 May 2017

Open Letters

Download our Open Letters on the following topics:

Letter to Secretary of State for BEIS_CE Mark_Call for Update – 29th July 2020

Letter to Chris Heaton-Harris Southern Rail Access and Western Rail Link to Heathrow – 23rd July 2020

Letter to the Prime Minister – 13 June 2017

Letter to Lord Adonis – 30 June 2017

Letter to Chief Executive of Swindon Borough Council on its Economic Strategy – 17 July 2017