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.

We have published the draft version of our Local Plan and invited the public and organisations to make formal responses that will be submitted with the plan to the government for inspection.

The formal public consultation took place on 7 January and ran for six weeks until Monday 18 February at 5pm. This was the final chance for residents, businesses and organisations to have their say on the plan – their comments will be submitted with the plan to the government by the end of March 2019. The examination of the plan by an independent government inspector is expected to follow in the summer.

Drop-in events

We hosted a series of drop-in events across the district to help explain the process and how to submit comments.  You can download the display boards here (3.8 MB) PDF .

Didcot, Cornerstone Arts Centre

Thursday 17 January, 3pm–7pm

Henley Town Hall

Saturday 19 January, 10am-2pm

Wheatley, The Merry Bells Village Hall

Monday 21 January, 3pm-7pm

Culham Parochial School

Wednesday 23 January, 4pm-8pm

Sandford-on-Thames Village Hall

Thursday 24 January, 3pm-7pm

Berinsfield Church Hall (Fane Drive)

Tuesday 29 January, 3pm-7pm

Thame Town Hall

Tuesday 5 February:

  • 10am-2pm - public exhibition
  • 2pm-6pm - display of information (unmanned)

Chalgrove Village Hall

Thursday 7 February, 4pm-8pm

Horspath Community Hub

Saturday 9 February, 10am-2pm

Oxsrad Sports and Leisure Centre, Marston

Monday 11 February, 4pm-8pm

Wallingford, Ridgeway Community Church (rescheduled event)

Saturday 16 February, 10am-2pm 


More about the Local Plan

You may be aware that in May 2018, councillors asked officers to reassess all main sites available for housing in the district. Since then, we have been reassessing the main sites that were allocated in the last draft of the Local Plan, along with sites promoted to us and the sites that were previously considered but weren’t taken forward. 

That assessment has now fed into the new draft of the Local Plan; you can download a briefing note that explains the key changes here. (127.9 KB) PDF

Before we submit the plan for examination, we are carrying out a six-week publicity period. This is formally referred to as the “Regulation 19 publicity period”. After the publicity period, we will submit the plan, evidence and responses received only to this publication directly to the Secretary of State in accordance with Regulation 22 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012. A Planning Inspector will then be appointed to carry out an Independent Examination in Public (EiP).

Viewing the documents

The plan and supporting documents can be viewed below:

Evidence studies can be viewed here This link will take you to an external website...

Hard copies of the key documents only (as well as copies of the guidance note and comment form) are available to view at:

  • our council office at 135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, Abingdon, OX14 4SB - from 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, and 8.30am to 4.30pm Fridays
  • all public libraries in South Oxfordshire during their usual opening hours
  • Abbey House Abingdon, Abbey Sports Centre Berinsfield, Barton Leisure Centre, Chalgrove Post Office, Clifton Hampden Post Office, Cornerstone Didcot, via Culham Parish Council (contact Councillor Gibbs on 01235 523679 or email grgibbs@btinternet.com)¸ Didcot Wave Leisure Centre, Leys Pools and Leisure Centre (Blackbird Leys), the Holiday Inn Grenoble Road, Oxford City Council St Aldate’s and the Talking Shop Café Sandford on Thames, all during their usual opening hours.

Next steps

After the publicity period, we will submit the plan, evidence and responses received directly to the Secretary of State in accordance with Regulation 22 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012. A Planning Inspector will then be appointed to carry out an Independent Examination in Public (EiP).

The Inspector will examine the Local Plan 2011-2034, 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". 

What has happened up to this stage?

Please click on the link above for an update on the process so far.

Local Development Scheme

An updated Local Development Scheme, the Local Plan timetable was approved by Cabinet on 2 August 2018 It can be found here

Last reviewed: 19 - 02 - 2019

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