New plan for South Oxfordshire – let us know what you think

Released on June 27, 2016

People in South Oxfordshire are being urged to give their views on updated proposals for how the district should meet the need for new housing. 

Over the past three years, South Oxfordshire District Council has been preparing its new Local Plan 2032. This is a document that will set out where the main new housing sites in the district should go, as well as the shops, jobs, road improvements and leisure facilities needed for the district. The plan will also include detailed policies the council will use to help decide planning applications for the lifetime of the plan. It is hoped that this will be delivered through the neighbourhood planning process. 

Since starting work on the new plan thousands of residents, along with local businesses and organisations, have taken part in consultations to help come up with what the district council believes offers the best mix for the area. 

The council has now published the first of its “Preferred Options” and a ‘Sustainability Appraisal’ for how the new housing and development should be distributed across the district.  People can now have their say on these proposals. 

The consultation includes seven possible options for a new sustainable settlement of 3,500 new homes. The council’s preferred option is to build a new community on the Chalgrove Airfield. Most of the other options are in the green belt, which the council does not believe is appropriate, and Chalgrove Airfield is close to existing and future employment sites –this is why the council believes it’s the best of the seven options. 

To view the proposals and have your say please visit www.southoxon.gov.uk/newlocalplan

You can also pick up a copy of the plan from

  • Abbey Sports Centre, Berinsfield (reception)
  • All libraries across the district
  • Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot
  • Culham Science Centre (reception)
  • Didcot Wave Leisure Pool and Gym (reception)
  • Our 'drop-in' events as listed below
  • The council’s offices at 135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, Milton, OX14 4SB during normal office opening hours. 

The deadline for comments is 4.30pm on 19 August 2016. 

To help people who want to find out more about the Preferred Options the council is holding a series of public drop in events taking place as across the district.  To find out when and where your nearest event is please visit www.southoxon.gov.uk/newlocalplan.

Cllr John Cotton, Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “It’s really important we tackle the need for houses in South Oxfordshire positively and quickly – it’s one of the biggest issues we have here. We’re working closely with the Neighbourhood Plan groups across the district to make sure local people are involved in making the important decisions – this is also why we need people to let us know what they think of our preferred options for tackling this issue - we need to get this right but that will only happen if our communities are actively involved.”

The second Preferred Options consultation, which deals with development management policies, will take place in the Autumn.