Local Plan 2034

Our emerging Local Plan and its supporting studies set out our vision for South Oxfordshire up to the year 2034. 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 utilities.  The proposed policies in the plan will be used as the starting point to help make decisions on planning applications in the district.

South Oxfordshire District Council submitted the Local Plan 2034 to the Secretary of State on Friday 29 March 2019 in accordance with Regulation 22 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 for Independent Examination.

Our Examination page This link will take you to an external website...  contains all the information about the submission and examination of the Local Plan 2034.


On 3 March 2020 the Secretary of State issued South Oxfordshire District Council with a Direction This link will take you to an external website... under Section 27 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.

This directs the Council to progress the plan through examination to be adopted by December 2020, and for senior council officers to report monthly to MHCLG officials on progress of the plan. Reports of monthly monitoring are available below:

Further correspondence about the Direction is available on our Local Plan Direction Correspondence page

Viewing the Local Plan 2034 documents

The plan and supporting documents can be viewed below:

Additional documents submitted in support of the Local Plan can found in the Submission Document Library

Hard copies of the key documents are available to view at: our council offices at 135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, Abingdon, OX14 4SB - from 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, and 8.30am to 4.30pm Fridays and at all public libraries in South Oxfordshire during their usual opening hours. Please see how coronavirus is affecting our services for further updates.

Responses to Plan Consultations

We would like to thank everyone who submitted comments during the Publicity Period of the Local Plan 2034, which took place between 7 January – 18 February 2019.  The responses are now available to view here:

Responses to previous consultations and information on what has happened up to this stage can be found here:

Local Development Scheme

An updated Local Development Scheme, has been produced 29 March it can be found here This link will take you to an external website...

Since the publication of this Local Development Scheme (LDS) the Council has updated its Local Plan and it is now referred to as the South Oxfordshire Local Plan 2034. This is to ensure that there is an appropriate timeline post adoption of the Local Plan.

Last reviewed: 03 - 07 - 2020

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