YOUNGSTERS who will be in their 40s by the time Oxford 2050 comes around said eradicating homelessness and protecting green space and the city's heritage were top priorities.

Enthusiastic pupils from Windmill Primary School played a vital part in the consultation, sharing their ideas on what they wanted to see for Oxford in the future.

The entire school has been considering the city in 2050 and have made posters, Lego models and presentations on all aspects of life.

Green spaces, maintaining the heritage and culture of the city, and eradicating homelessness were top of the list among the potential leaders of the future.

Nine-year-old Jess Newbury, from Headington, who wants to be an estate agent when she grows up, said: "I think we will see flying cars - I'd love to travel in one - and hoverboards by 2050 and definitely electric cars everywhere.

"Also there should still be lots of greenery."

Miss Newbury's emphasis on transport was one shared by city council leader Susan Brown who put innovative transport solutions as a high priority.

Inequality and homelessness also struck a chord among the primary schoolchildren.

Kasper Landis, 8, said: "I would like to see more care and support for poor people and in communities where people don't have much and for those that don't have a home.

"I made a Lego model of a car that someone could live in, maybe we could have something like that so everyone can have a home."

Eight-year-old Rowan Baker, who wants to be a footballer or work for Science Oxford like his dad, said: "The old buildings should stay the same and we need to make sure there's enough greenery.

"There will be so much new technology by then.

"There also needs to be less homeless people."

Housing was an issue brought up by most of the children, who seemed keen that despite thousands of new builds planned, Oxford's heritage was protected.

Ten-year-old Evie Noonan, said: "I would like to see the culture of Oxford stay the same and keep its old buildings.

"It's what is special and different about Oxford compared to other cities and we need to keep that."

The rise in population and therefore housing sparked concerns among the youngsters over the city's green spaces and what it might mean for the environment.

James Collins, 10, said: "I want to see more greenery and space for wildlife - maybe even a sanctuary - as well as parks.

He added that he wants to be a builder when he grows up and that Oxford also needs a lot more housing for future generations.

Thomas Quinn, 11, said: "There will be much more housing and people in the city centre, as well as new technology and modes of transport."

Deputy headteacher, Andy Howe, said: "We were really pleased to be involved with the project, it's important for children to think about the wider city and their community, especially in the future.

"Their perspective is very different to that of adults of older children - it's important they are thinking about these sorts of issues as ten-year-olds and hopefully they will carry that on.

"They are the citizens of the future, they will be in their early 40s when 2050 comes around, this is all about what sort of city they will be living in."

The Oxford 2050 document is 'live and ongoing', which means it can be subtly changed over the years once new technologies, such as Kasper's car / house are developed.