Emerging Local Plan 2011-2033

South Oxfordshire District Council is developing a new Local Plan that, once approved, will shape the future of our district. We are committed to involving our communities in preparing the new plan.

The emerging Local Plan and its supporting studies set out our vision for South Oxfordshire up to the year 2033. Together they identify 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.

Following extensive consultation This link will take you to an external website...  and gathering of evidence, we are nearly ready to submit our Local Plan for independent examination. 

The most recent opportunity to provide feedback on the Local PLan was through the formal publicity period, which closed at 5pm on Thursday 30 November 2017. Thank you to all of those who took the time to respond. We are now reviewing the responses and will publish these in due course.

What happens next?

After the responses have been reviewed and collated we will submit these, our evidence, supporting documents and the Plan itself to the Secretary of State. A Planning Inspector will then be appointed to carry out an Independent Examination of the Local Plan.

The Inspector will then examine the Local Plan 2011-2033, the evidence supporting it and the comments received and will hear comments from those who wish to appear at the formal hearing sessions. The Inspector will then report as to whether the plan is "sound" and "legally compliant". For information on what these terms mean, please see our guidance note (866.0 KB) PDF .

More information regarding the examination will be published in early 2018.

Viewing the documents

The plan and supporting documents can be viewed below:

Evidence studies can be viewed here

 The SHELAA provides a technical assessment of the suitability, availability and achievability of land for development. It is an update to the Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment (HELAA), which was published in March 2017. The SHELAA is available to view here This link will take you to an external website...

Topic papers

You can also view a series of topic papers, which set out the processes undertaken and evidence considered to inform the sites and policies in our Local Plan.  

Last reviewed: 01 - 12 - 2017

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