New plan for South Oxfordshire – just two weeks left to let us know what you think

Released on August 4, 2016

People in South Oxfordshire have just two weeks left if they want to give their views on updated proposals for how the district should meet the need for new housing.

So far more than 800 responses have been submitted while over 1,300 people have attended special drop in sessions across the district to find out more about the plans.  However, people only have until 4.30pm on Friday 19 August to submit their comments. 

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 is currently consulting people on the first of its “Preferred Options” and a ‘Sustainability Appraisal’ for how the new housing and development should be distributed across the district.  

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, which is near to existing and future employment sites. Most of the other options are in the green belt, which the council does not believe is appropriate. 

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)
  • The council’s offices at 135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, Milton, OX14 4SB during normal office opening hours. 

Cllr Jane Murphy, Deputy Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “The Local Plan 2032 sets out how we’ll support growth, address the need for new homes, provide the required infrastructure, and ensure space is available for new employment sites.  It’s important for everyone in South Oxfordshire that we get this right but that will only happen if our communities are involved. 

“We’ve received a great response to the consultation so far, including a number of really helpful comments.  However, people only have until 19 August to have their say so, if you haven’t already done so, please take a look at our revised proposals and let us know what you think before it’s too late.”

The second Preferred Options consultation, which deals, for example, with development management policies and possible site allocations, will take place in the Autumn.