Evidence studies

An important part of the creation of planning policy documents is an evidence base. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) states that local planning authorities should ensure that their Local Plans are based on adequate, up-to-date and relevant evidence about economic, social and environmental characteristics and prospects of our area. 

We have commissioned or carried out a range of studies which will provide us with a comprehensive picture of the opportunities and constraints in the district.  These studies support the emerging Local Plan for South Oxfordshire.

These studies can be grouped under three broad categories: Those that consider the impacts of growth; those that measure the suitability of places and sites to accommodate growth and those that identify additional requirements as a result of growth. The new and updated studies for the Local Plan are listed below. 

The Local Plan and appendices, Sustainability Appraisal and appendices, Habitats Regulations Assessment and Equalities Impact Assessment can be found here


Early stages of the Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment


The Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment  (HELAA) published in March 2017 has been updated to provide the Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA) published in October 2017. The documents can be found here This link will take you to an external website... .


Strategic Flood Risk Assessment September 2017


    Larger villages core strategy allocations

    Other areas

    Last reviewed: 14 - 11 - 2017

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