The council's planning policy team prepares documents used to guide development and determine planning applications. These must be prepared in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which is produced by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). An was published in July 2018.
The emerging Local Plan 2011-2034
The emerging Local Plan incorporates a review of our adopted Core Strategy. It will set out how we will deliver much needed housing, opportunities for high quality jobs and thriving town centres across the district.
In line with statutory requirements, we have been working on a new Local Plan for South Oxfordshire. This new Local Plan is the key document that will set out how we propose to deliver much needed housing, opportunities for high quality jobs and thriving town centres across our district over the next 15 years.
During the time that we are developing and consulting on this new Local Plan we refer to it as “the emerging Local Plan”. Once it has been adopted, it will be known as the Local Plan 2034.
The Core Strategy - adopted December 2012
The Core Strategy sets out how the council will help deliver much needed housing, opportunities for high quality jobs and thriving town centres across the district.
- Our Adopted Core Strategy
- The Core Strategy - Inspector's report
- The Core Strategy - Further Examination Publication
- Important news on our core strategy
The Development Plan
Our development plan comprises a number of documents with the main document being our emerging Local Plan.
- Our development plan
- Our position on the SHMA findings
- Latest news on our development plan timetable
- Site submissions
Find out more regarding the neighbourhood plans taking place in our district.
Brownfield land register
Government announced in March 2017 a requirement of all local planning authorities to publish a register of brownfield (or previously developed) land that is suitable and available for housing development. This was published on 22 December 2017 and can be found here.
The Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA) includes a range of sites that we have considered in our plan making and is available here.
Landowners are invited to submit potential development sites to us for consideration. This will help us to understand the amount and type of development we can deliver through the emerging Local Plan. The brownfield land register site form can be found here.
Last reviewed: 17 - 01 - 2019