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.

The consultation process is now underway - comment here (registration is required)

We are consulting now on the second Preferred Options draft of the emerging Local Plan for a period of 7 weeks from 29 March to 5pm on 17 May 2017.

Please see below for details of  how to submit your comments.

Evolution of the Local Plan:

We are at the fouth stage of our plan making process.  In the previous three consultation stages we received and considered nearly 15,000 comments.  At this stage, we are seeking your views on our Second Preferred Options document.

Our Second Preferred Options document is not the final version of our Local Plan, it is an informal (Regulation 18) consultation. 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.

The Sustainability Appraisal is an important part of the plan making process.  The aim is to help ensure that the Local Plan makes an effective contribution to the pursuit of 'sustainable development'.

The Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) considers the potential effects of the Local Plan on one or more European sites, including Special Protection Areas and Special Areas of Conservation.

The above documents are subject to a seven-week consultation period from Wednesday 29 March to 5pm on Wednesday 17 May 2017.

Hard copies of the Local Plan, supporting documents and comment forms are available at the following locations:

  • SODC office at 135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, Abingdon, OX14 4SB - weekdays from 8.30am to 5pm (4.30pm on Fridays)
  • Public libraries in Benson, Berinsfield, Chinnor, Didcot, Goring, Henley, Sonning Common, Thame, Wallingford, Watlington, Wheatley and Woodcote during their usual opening hours, or
  • Abbey House Abingdon (from Monday 3 April), Abbey Sports Centre Berinsfield, Chalgrove Post Office, Clifton Hampden Post Office, Cornerstone Didcot, Culham Science Centre and Didcot Wave Leisure Centre during their usual opening hours.

Drop in events

We are holding four drop-in events during the consultation period, where you can view the consultation documents, information boards and ask questions.  You are welcome to attend any event to discuss what is happening in the area you live:

  • Didcot: Cornerstone, 1pm-7pm on Wednesday 5 April
  • Wallingford: Regal Centre, 3pm-7pm on Friday 7 April
  • Thame: Barns Centre, 10am-4pm on Saturday 8 April
  • Henley: The Christ Church Centre, 10am-4pm on Saturday 22 April

The exhibition boards, which will be on display at all of the events, can be found here (1.2 MB) PDF .

How to submit your comments

There are a number of ways to provide your feedback, just make sure we receive it by 5pm on Wednesday 17 May 2017:

     - email it to planning.policy@southoxon.gov.uk

     - post it to SODC Planning Policy, 135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, Abingdon, OX14 4SB, or

  • write to or email us using the above addresses.

To take part in the consultation we require your name and address for your comments to be accepted.  Your name and comments will be made available for public viewing so these cannot be treated as confidential.

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 are now inviting 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.  For further information, please click here

Last reviewed: 13 - 04 - 2017

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