Our forthcoming Local Plan

The emerging Local Plan is currently being progressed to adoption under a Direction from the Secretary of State. The Plan and its supporting studies set out the future for development in South Oxfordshire up to 2035. Together they identify locations for housing, retail and employment land as well as the infrastructure required to support this growth. The policies in the plan will be used as the starting point to help make decisions on planning applications in the district.

Consultation on Proposed Main Modifications

The emerging South Oxfordshire Local Plan is at Examination. Our Examination page contains all the information about the submission and examination of the Local Plan.

Following examination hearings in July and August 2020, the Planning Inspector asked South Oxfordshire District Council to prepare a ‘Schedule of Proposed Main Modifications’ to the plan. The schedule reflected the modifications, or changes, that the Inspector considers necessary to make the plan sound before it can move to the adoption stage.

We carried out a six-week consultation on the Proposed Main Modifications between 21 September and 2 November 2020. This consultation has now closed.

How to View the Main Modification Consultation Documents

The consultation documents are available here:

Although not forming part of the consultation, we also published the following documents for completeness:

Consultation Responses

The consultation responses to the Proposed Main Modifications have now been published and are available to view.

Main Modifications Consultation Representations are available here.

What happens next?

All responses relating to the Main Modifications will be submitted to the Inspector via the Programme Officer. The Inspector will consider all the responses received and decide whether any further hearings are necessary, or if any issues need to be revisited. The Inspector will then present his final conclusion in a report. If the report concludes that the Local Plan is ‘sound’, the Council can consider the adoption the Local Plan, subject to making the Modifications identified in the report.

Data protection

Please refer to our Privacy Notice regarding how your personal data is used for this consultation. If you would like to know more about the councils data protection registration or to find out about your personal data click here.

Background to the Emerging Local Plan

South Oxfordshire District Council submitted the Local Plan 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.


On 3 March 2020 the Secretary of State issued South Oxfordshire District Council with a Direction  under Section 27 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.

This directs the Council to progress the plan through examination to be adopted by December 2020, and for senior council officers to report monthly to MHCLG officials on progress of the plan. Reports of monthly monitoring are available below

Further correspondence about the Direction is available on our Local Plan Direction Correspondence page

Viewing the Local Plan 2034 documents

The plan and supporting documents can be viewed here

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.

**Please note that documents are available on an appointment only basis as the offices are currently closed to the public.

Please see how coronavirus is affecting our services for further updates.

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:

Responses to previous consultations and information on what has happened up to this stage can be found here:

Local Development Scheme

An updated Local Development Scheme, has been produced 29 March it can be found here

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.

Contact us - Planning policy

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South Oxfordshire District Council
135 Eastern Avenue
Milton Park
OX14 4SB