Statement from South Oxfordshire District Council

Released on September 11, 2019

Following the letter from Robert Jenrick MP on 26 August 2019, the leader of the council, Cllr Sue Cooper, and the cabinet member for HIF, Cllr Robin Bennett, met with the Director General for Decentralisation and Growth, Tom Walker, to discuss issues relating to the emerging South Oxfordshire local plan and the linkages to the Housing and Infrastructure Fund and the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal.

Following a positive discussion, officers from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) have offered to explore what options may exist.  Members and officers will be discussing further over the next couple of weeks with MHCLG, with both parties recognising the current democratic timescales, pressures and the shared desire to maintain existing Growth Deal commitments.