Emerging Local Plan 2011-2033
South Oxfordshire District Council is developing a new Local Plan that, once made, will shape the future of our district. We are committed to involving our communities in preparing the new plan.
The emerging Local Plan sets out our vision for South Oxfordshire up to the year 2033. It identifies where housing, retail and employment land should be located as well as the infrastructure required to support this growth, such as new roads, schools, health services and sewerage. The proposed policies in the plan will be used to help make decisions on planning applications in the district.
Our most recent consultation (Second Preferred Options) took place between 29 March and 17 May 2017. You can view the associated documents below. We received over 1,300 responses and would like to thank everyone that commented.
This consultation was the fourth stage of our plan making process. In the previous three consultation stages we received and considered nearly 15,000 comments.
What happens next?
This October, you will have a final opportunity to comment on the version of the plan that we intend to submit for examination. This consultation is different from the previous ones. This time there are questions that we must ask relating specifically to the legality of the plan. Keep an eye out for further information, including a factsheet with all the information you will need regarding how to respond to the consultation.
Once the consultation deadline has passed, we will send all of the comments along with the Local Plan and evidence studies to the Planning Inspectorate for examination.
Second Preferred Options - key documents
- Local Plan:
- Local Plan:
- Local Plan:
- (The Sustainability Appraisal is an important part of the plan making process. It aims to ensure that the Local Plan makes an effective contribution to the pursuit of 'sustainable development'.)
- Sustainability Appraisal for Thame
- (The Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) considers the potential effects of the Local Plan on one or more European sites, including Special Protection Areas and Special Areas of Conservation.)
You can view all other evidence base documents here.
Call for sites
In conjunction with the Local Plan, the council carries out land suitability assessments for a variety of uses including housing, employment and gypsy and traveller sites. This assessment is known as the Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA).
We recently invited 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.
Last reviewed: 04 - 08 - 2017