Planning Policy

Planning policy

The council's planning policy team prepares documents used to guide development and determine planning applications. 

The emerging Local Plan 2011-2033

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 2033. 

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.

The Development Plan

Our development plan comprises a number of documents with the main document being our emerging Local Plan.

Neighbourhood Plans

Find out more regarding the neighbourhood plans taking place in our district.

Brownfield 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.

We need to have this available by 31 December 2017 and are working to create it.

The register will be published on our website in due course. 

In the meantime our Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) includes a range of sites that we have considered in our plan making and is available here

We are now inviting landowners 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 call for sites form can be found here

Last reviewed: 30 - 11 - 2017

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