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Official correspondence

To see the full correspondence for the South Oxfordshire Local Plan, please head to our Planning page.

Here’s a list of official correspondence sent and received in the last 12 months for South Oxfordshire District Council:

29 April 2021: Letter from Luke Hall MP, Minister of State for Regional Growth and Local Government, to all local authorities regarding the High Court judgment on local authority virtual meetings.

15 April 2021: Letter from the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP to Cllr Sue Cooper, Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council about reopening outdoor hospitality safely.

8 April 2021: Letter from Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to Council leaders and Chief Executives on the announcement of the Hong Kong British National (Overseas) UK Welcome Package.

7 April 2021: Simon Hewings the Head of Finance at South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District councils submitted consultations to MHCLG (New Homes Bonus scheme) and CIPFA (Treasury Management Code and Prudential Code).

6 April 2021: Letter from Luke Hall MP, Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government to Cllr Sue Cooper in response to a letter on 24 December 2019 regarding potential for South Oxfordshire District Council merger with Vale of White Horse District Council and funding for local services.

26 March 2021: Letter to Sam Naylor, Assistant Private Secretary to Luke Hall MP, from Cllr Sue Cooper in response the the letter earlier in the day regarding local authority meetings.

26 March 2021: Letter from Luke Hall MP, Minister of State for Regional Growth and Local Government to all councils regarding local authority meetings.

23 March 2021: Letter from Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to all councils regarding support for high streets.

19 March 2021: Letter to David Johnston MP, Member of Parliament for Wantage from Andrew Down, Acting Deputy Chief Executive – Partnerships at South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils about withdrawal of the three-year land supply flexibility

19 March 2021: Letter to Layla Moran MP, Member of Parliament for Oxford West and Abingdon, from Andrew Down, Acting Deputy Chief Executive – Partnerships at South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils about withdrawal of the three-year land supply flexibility

19 March 2021: Letter to John Howell OBE MP, Member of Parliament for Henley, from Andrew Down, Acting Deputy Chief Executive – Partnerships at South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils about withdrawal of the three-year land supply flexibility

19 March 2021: Letter to Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons from Cllr Sue Cooper about extending provisions to enable council meetings to be held remotely.

12 March 2021: Response from John Howell OBE, M.P. Member of Parliament for Henley, to Cllr Sue Cooper’s letter on 4 March regarding the Climate and Ecology Bill.

4 March 2021: Letter to John Howell OBE, M.P. Member of Parliament for Henley, from Cllr Sue Cooper, Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, regarding the Climate and Ecology Bill.

3 March 2021: Letter to David Johnston OBE, M.P. Member of Parliament for Wantage, from Cllr Sue Cooper, Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, regarding the Climate and Ecology Bill.

18 February 2021: Letter from MHCLG to Council Leader, Cllr Sue Cooper with an update on the Oxford-Cambridge Arc.

2 February 2021: Letter from MHCLG to all council leaders regarding the Covid-19 vaccination programme.

29 January 2021: Letter from Luke Hall MP in response to the joint letter to Robert Jenrick MP, dated 2 November, about supporting local authorities during the pandemic.

27 January 2021: Letter to council leaders from Baroness Vere of Norbiton, Minister for Roads Buses and Places, regarding statutory taxi and private hire vehicle standards.

19 January 2021: Letter from MHCLG to all Local Authority Leaders regarding continuing progress to get up to date Local Plans in place.

15 January 2021: The government provided details of their Covid-19 funding for local government in 2021-22 and set up a consultation. You can read our statement in response to the consultation here.

11 January 2021: Cllr Sue Cooper received a letter from a local business, Greencore Construction about Climate Positive Houses. Cllr Cooper replied to the letter on 22 January.

31 December 2020: Letter from Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP regarding rapid testing.

30 December 2020: Letter from Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing to all council leaders regarding support for people sleeping rough and the new Covid-19 variant.

18 December 2020: Letter from Robert Jenrick MP to all council leaders regarding the provisional local government finance scheme and Covid-19 financial allocations.

17 December 2020: Letter from Rt Hon Christopher Pincher to all local authority leaders regarding the 2021/22 New Homes Bonus provisional allocations.

16 December 2020: Letter from Robert Jenrick to thank everyone working in local government for their continued service to their local community.

14 December 2020: Letter to MHCLG from Cllr Sue Cooper in response to their correspondence about Self and Custom building.

8 December 2020: Letter from Rt Hon Jesse Norman MP to South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Council Leaders regarding their letter written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer in November.

7 December 2020: Letter from Cllr Sue Cooper regrading the Cross Thames Travel Group Joint Statement.

7 December 2020: Letter from Kelly Tolhurst MP to all owners and managers of caravan sites and copying in all council leaders to explain caravan park closures this winter.

2 December 2020: Letter from Robert Jenrick MP to all council leaders regarding extended retail opening hours for Christmas.

27 November 2020: Letter from Robert Jenrick MP to all council leaders regarding local government spending.

20 November 2020: Letter to The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson from Cllr Sue Cooper to request he safeguards the future of the Union Learning Fund.

20 November 2020: Letter from Robert Jenrick MP to all council leaders regarding new local authority enforcement powers.

6 November 2020: Letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer from Leaders of South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils to express their dismay that national lockdown was announced without sufficient support for businesses.

5 November 2020: Letter from Kelly Tolhurst MP to all council leaders regarding the additional surge support for rough sleepers.

4 November 2020: Letter to the Henley Standard from Cllr Anne-Marie Simpson in relation to their article about Thames Farm in Shiplake.

3 November 2020: Joint letter to Robert Jenrick MP from council leaders to request more funding to help secure additional financial help for communities and businesses they support. On 29 January Robert Jenrick MP sent a response to the letter.

30 October 2020: Letter from Robert Jenrick MP to all council leaders providing details about the ‘Right to Build’ day.

29 October 2020: Letter to Robert Jenrick MP from Council detailing concerns on the government’s proposed reforms to the planning system.

8 October 2020: Letter from Robert Jenrick MP to all council leaders regarding enforcement funding for local authorities.

4 September 2020: Letter to the Chief Executive at Homes England from Council Leader, Cllr Sue Cooper about Berinsfield Garden Village and Didcot Garden Town funding bids.

17 August 2020: Letter to Council Leader, Cllr Sue Cooper from Luke Hall MP regarding in response to the letter sent on 14 July about the current housing delivery test and the 5-year housing supply rules.

23 July 2020: Letter from Robert Jenrick MP to all council leaders regarding Hong Kong British Nationals (Overseas) Visa.

14 July 2020: Letter to Robert Jenrick MP from Council Leader, Cllr Sue Cooper concerning the current housing delivery test and the 5-year housing supply rules.

2 July 2020: Letter from Simon Clarke MP to all council leaders to provide information on the support package for local authorities – Covid-19 and beyond.

28 June 2020: Letter from Simon Clarke MP and Rebecca Pow MP regarding public access to tips and toilets.

5 June 2020: An open letter to express their heartfelt thanks and gratitude from council leaders to all the incredible volunteers that have supported their communities during lockdown.

23 May 2020: Letter from Nadine Dorries MP regarding local outbreak control plans.

5 May 2020: Simon Clarke MP and Rebecca Pow MP regarding waste services including household waste and recycling centres.

27 April 2020: Letter from Luke Hall MP to all council leaders regarding support for domestic abuse services during the pandemic.

26 April 2020: Letter to David Johnson MP and John Howell MP from councillors to seek support for the Local Electricity Bill.

21 April 2020: Joint letter to government and county MPs from all Oxfordshire leaders to set out the scale of the financial impact of Covid-19 across local authorities. On 30 April, Robert Jenrick MP wrote a letter to all council leaders in England regarding Covid-19 funding.

20 April 2020: Letter from Simon Clarke MP to all council leaders regarding financial support for local authorities in managing the coronavirus pandemic.

20 April 2020: Letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer from councillors about the plight of SMEs and micro-businesses during Covid-19 pandemic.

20 April 2020: Letter to MHCLG from councillors about the planning system during the Covid-19 pandemic.