Local Plan 2034 Examination
South Oxfordshire District Council submitted the Local Plan 2034 to the Secretary of State on Friday 29 March 2019 for independent examination.
Submitted statements are now available in Folder 20 of the examination library.
Version 3 of the is now available which refines the list of participants for the sessions since the publication of V2. Matters 5 (Spatial Strategy) and 6 (Green Belt) have also been split into two sessions, one for developer interests and one for public / community groups in order for additional parties to take part in the discussions on these Matters.
Virtual Hearing Sessions will commence at 10.00am on Tuesday 14th July and will be conducted via Microsoft Teams.
The Use of Virtual Hearings
The inspector has received emails from The Baldons Parish Council and Culham Parish Council raising concerns over proceeding with the Hearing Sessions virtually. The Inspector has responded to the issues raised. The correspondence can be found below and is being published in the hope that it may assist others with similar queries.
- – Baldons Email
- – Inspectors response to PSD28
- - Culham Parish Council Letter
- - Inspector's response to PSD29
Inspector's Correspondence with the Council
Correspondence between the Inspector and the Council can be found below. The Council have also submitted a number of additional documents in support of their responses to the Inspector's Initial Questions which have been added to the ‘Post Submission Documents’ link towards the end of this page.
- Document IC1 - 05/09/2019
- - updated 22/05/2020 see track changes
- Document IC2 - 19/09/2019
- - 09/04/2020
- Document IC4 - 24/09/2019
- - 09/04/2020
In addition to the initial questions and comments documents the Inspector has also provided the Council with his thoughts on the Council's Proposed Schedule of Modifications (Document CSD13):
An additional inspectors' question (IC5) was issued to the Council on 5 May 2020 this can be viewed below:
The Inspector has responded to IC1A, IC2A & IC4A:
The Inspector has raised a query regarding STRAT 14 - Wheatley Campus
Local Plan 2034 Examination timetable
Local Plan Submission for Examination 29 March 2019
Deadline for requests to participate in the Hearings 12 June 2020
Deadline for Written Statements 26 June 2020
Hearing start date 14 July 2020
Planning Inspector Jonathan Bore MRTPI has been appointed to undertake an independent examination into the soundness of the South Oxfordshire Local Plan (the Plan).
The Inspectors’ task is to consider the soundness of the submitted Plan, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 35 of the National Planning Policy Framework 2019 (the Framework). The relevant soundness criteria are whether the Plan is:
- positively prepared (providing a strategy which, as a minimum, seeks to meet the area’s objectively assessed needs; and is informed by agreements with other authorities, so that unmet need from neighbouring areas is accommodated where it is practical to do so and is consistent with achieving sustainable development);
- justified (an appropriate strategy, taking into account the reasonable alternatives, and based on proportionate evidence);
- effective (deliverable over the plan period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic matters that have been dealt with rather than deferred, as evidenced by the statement of common ground); and
- consistent with national policy (enabling the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the Framework).
The Inspector will take into account the representations submitted upon the Proposed Submission Plan as far as they relate to soundness considerations. A number of informal debates will take place on the principal matters identified by the Inspector - these are termed Hearing Sessions.
At the end of the Examination, the Inspector will prepare a report to the Council with precise recommendations, these recommendations may include modifications to the Plan, if such a request is made by the Council.
have been prepared by the Inspector to help people understand the process. Any queries people may have regarding the Examination process should be directed to the Programme Officer who will be happy to assist.
The Programme Officer
The Programme Officer, Ian Kemp, will act as the contact for any person who has an interest in the Examination and as a liaison between the Inspector, District Council and Representors.
He is an independent Officer of the Examination and works on behalf of the Inspector to organise and manage the administrative and procedural matters of the Examination process. Mr Kemp is the appropriate point of contact for any questions relating to timetabling or procedural matters. All statements will also be submitted through him.
Any matters that anyone wishes to raise with the Inspector should be submitted via the Programme Officer.
Postal Address: PO BOX 241, Droitwich, WR9 1DW
Mobile: 0772 300 9166
Hearing Sessions and Timetable
The following documents were prepared for the submission of the Local Plan:
In preparing the Local Plan the District Council both refer to and were informed by a number of documents that together form the 'Evidence Base' for the Examination. These documents can be accessed through the link below.
If you require further assistance accessing the Local Plan documents please get in touch via email on: email@example.com or call us on: 01235 422 600.
Last reviewed: 03 - 07 - 2020