Inspector publishes preliminary findings into South Oxfordshire Local Plan

Released on August 28, 2020

South Oxfordshire District Council has received the Inspector’s preliminary findings on the emerging South Oxfordshire Local Plan.  

The Planning Inspector sent the council a letter, which sets out his preliminary conclusions on the key matters that arose during the examination of the emerging Plan, which is being progressed through examination following a Direction from the Secretary of State earlier this year.  

A spokesperson for South Oxfordshire District Council said: “We are reviewing the inspector’s preliminary findings. In this letter and throughout the examination process, the Inspector has identified main modifications that must be made for the plan to be considered ‘sound’.” 

The Inspector is not inviting comments on his preliminary findings, instead there will be an opportunity this autumn for the public to comment on the main modifications that will be finalised following the Inspector’s instructions. 

Cllr Anne-Marie Simpson, Cabinet Member for Planning at the district council, added, “We will encourage our residents to provide feedback on the main modifications – so many people have been involved in the process so far, and it’s important that they continue to make their voices heard in such an important process for our communities.” 

The Inspector’s letter is available on the council’s website at