Emerging Local Plan

South Oxfordshire District Council is developing a new Local Plan that, once made, will shape the future of our district.  We are committed to involving our communities in preparing the new plan.

The emerging Local Plan sets out our vision for South Oxfordshire up to 2033.  It identifies where housing, retail and employment land should be located and the infrastructure required to support this growth, such as new roads, schools, health services and sewerage.  The proposed policies in the plan will be used to help make decisions on planning applications  in the district.

Between 29 March and 17 May 2017, we consulted on the Second Preferred Options draft of the emerging Local Plan.  We held four drop-in events across the district and you can view the displayed exhibition boards here (1.2 MB) PDF .

We are currently reviewing the feedback and will publish the responses in due course. 

Evolution of the Local Plan

We are at the fourth stage of our plan making process.  In the previous three consultation stages we received and considered nearly 15,000 comments.  

Our Second Preferred Options document is not the final version of our Local Plan. We intend to publish the final version before the end of 2017, at which time you will have a further opportunity to make your views known.

The key Local Plan: Second Preferred Options documents are:

You can view the other evidence base documents here.

Call for sites

In conjunction with the Local Plan, the council carries out land suitability assessments for a variety of uses including housing, employment and gypsy and traveller sites.  This assessment is known as the Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA).

We recently invited landowners to submit potential development sites to us for consideration.  This will help us to understand the amount and type of development we can deliver through the emerging Local Plan.

We are currently reviewing the submitted sites and will update our sites submission register This link will take you to an external website... in due course.  

Last reviewed: 17 - 05 - 2017

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