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.
Local Plan 2034 Submission
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.
What happens next?
Now the Local Plan 2034 has been submitted, the Secretary of State will appoint a Planning Inspector to carry out the Independent Examination. Once appointed the Planning Inspector will examine the Local Plan 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". For information on what these terms mean, please see our guidance note.
LOCAL PLAN LATEST NEWS
On Friday 13 March Emran Mian, Director General from the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government sent a letter to Mark Stone, Chief Executive of South Oxfordshire District Council. A copy of the letter can be found .
On Wednesday 26 February an agenda and report for Cabinet and Council meetings on 5 March were published regarding the submitted Local Plan 2034.
Following discussions between council representatives and officials from the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), the Secretary of State sent in which he stated he is using government powers in Section 27 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 directing the council to progress the plan through examination to be adopted by December this year, for senior council officers to report monthly to MHCLG officials on progress of the plan.
The Cabinet and Council meetings will go ahead as scheduled, where councillors will receive a verbal update from officers.
Councillors cannot consider the options set out in the officer’s report published with the meeting agenda due to the Secretary of State’s new direction.
Further information will be provided as it becomes available.
The planning inspectors due to carry out a public examination of South Oxfordshire District Council’s Local Plan have provided an initial list of questions and comments about the plan that was submitted in March. This is the normal first stage of the process for the examination of a Local Plan. The list of questions is now available on the council’s website.
Here is a timeline of communications about the Local Plan:
On 1 July the Council wrote ato the programme officer and inspectors to provide an update on the emerging Local Plan and the report setting out options for progressing the plan that was considered at Scrutiny 19 June. The letter also sought clarrifcation on a number of matters relating the examination of the Oxford City Plan.
There has been an update to the progress of the South Oxfordshire Local Plan following a meeting of Council on 18 July. Details of this can be found in this sent to Growth Deal Members and local Council partners on 24 July. More information can be found in the .
On 22 July the Council received a letter from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) regarding the South Oxfordshire Local Plan this can be viewed . Councillor Sue Cooper responded to this letter on 30 July; the response letter can be viewed .
On 19 August Cllr Sue Cooper and Cllr Robin Bennett wrote a to the leader of Oxford City Council seeking clarification on issues relating to climate change, Oxfords unmet need and the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway. The Council has released a press statement relating to this letter which can be read .
On 8 October Adrianna Partridge (Acting Deputy Chief Executive - Transformation and Operations), on behalf of South Oxfordshire District Council, received a from Andrew Down (Acting Deputy Chief Executive - Partnership and Planning) on behalf of Vale of White Horse District Council.
On 10 October Mark Stone (Chief Executive of South Oxfordshire District Council) received a from Emran Mian (Director General, Decentralisation and Growth, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government).
On 14 October South Oxfordshire District Council wrote a letter to the programme officer and inspectors to keep them updated on matters relating to the emerging South Oxfordshire Local Plan (2034). This letter can be viewed .
On 24 October Mark Stone (Chief Executive of South Oxfordshire District Council) wrote a to Emran Mian, Director General, Decentralisation and Growth, MCHLG, regarding the emerging Oxford City Local Plan
On 7 January the council received a letter from Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government addressed to the Leader of the Council, Cllr Sue Cooper, .
On 11 January 2020- Mark Stone (Chief Executive of South Oxfordshire District Council) wrote a to Emran Mian, Director General, Decentralisation and Growth, MCHLG regarding South Oxfordshire's emerging Local Plan 2034.
On 17 January 2020 - Cllr Sue Cooper wrote to Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on behalf of her Cabinet and their groups, in response to his letter of 7 January.
On 11 February - Oxfordshire County Council voted to accept a possible government invitation to progress the emerging South Oxfordshire Local Plan 2034 - in response Cllr Sue Cooper issued a response.
Viewing the Local Plan 2034 documents
The plan and supporting documents can be viewed below:
- South Oxfordshire Local Plan 2034 and Appendices (High resolution version)
- South Oxfordshire Local Plan 2034 (Low resolution version)
- , January 2019
- , January 2019
- , January 2019
- Sustainability Appraisal and Appendices, December 2018
- Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) - Stage 1 Screening report, September 2018
- , December 2018
- , December 2018
- , December 2018
- (updated for Submission, please see Submission Library for previous versions)
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
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:
- Publicity Period (Regulation 19) Consultation Responses (7 January – 18 February 2019)
Responses to previous consultations and information on what has happened up to this stage can be found here:
Local Development Scheme
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: 25 - 03 - 2020