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 recent examination hearings, the Planning Inspector has now asked South Oxfordshire District Council to prepare a ‘Schedule of Proposed Main Modifications’ to the plan. The schedule reflects the modifications, or changes, that the Inspector considers necessary to make the plan sound before it can move to the adoption stage. These are the only significant changes that can be made to the plan now.

We are now carrying out a six-week consultation on the Proposed Main Modifications. There is no need to resubmit representations made at the local plan submission stage or in matters statements, as your comments have already been considered as part of the Examination.

The consultation runs until midnight Monday 2 November 2020.

How to View the Consultation Documents

The consultation documents are available here:

Please note we are inviting comments on the Proposed Main Modifications and documents listed above only – comments on any other part of the plan will not be considered as part of this consultation.

Although not forming part of the consultation, we are also publishing the following documents for completeness – please note, we are not inviting comments on these:

The consultation documents are also available at the public locations listed below. Before travelling, please check their opening times and check any COVID-19 and social distancing arrangements they have in place. Note that the availability of these documents at these locations might change in response to the ongoing pandemic.

  • Public libraries in South Oxfordshire – for opening hours search ‘libraries’ here
  • Chalgrove Post Office
  • Culham Parish Council (contact Councillor Casey-Rerhaye to arrange viewing documents: Sam.Casey-Rerhaye@southoxon.gov.uk  or 01235 799489)

The consultation documents are also available at the district council offices on Milton Park on an appointment-only basis as the offices are currently closed to the public. Please contact us on 01235 422600 or email planning.policy@southoxon.gov.uk to book an appointment or if you need support to access the consultation materials.

If you know anyone you think would be interested in this consultation, who does not have access to the internet or is self-isolating, we would appreciate your help in telling them about it. Please ask them to call us on 01235 422600 or email planning.policy@southoxon.gov.uk to get support to access the consultation material.

How to Comment

We encourage you to use our online comment form which can be accessed here: https://survey.southandvale.gov.uk/s/SouthLocalPlanMainMods/

Responses can also be made by:

  • completing a comment form Word Version or PDF Version and emailing it back to us at planning.policy@southoxon.gov.uk;. or
  • completing a comment form (available above or at the above venues) and posting it to Freepost SOUTH AND VALE CONSULTATIONS (no stamp is needed and no further address is needed)

Data protection

Your name, contact details and comments will be shared with the Planning Inspector and a Programme Officer, who acts as a point of contact between the Council, Inspector and respondents.

This means that you may be contacted by the Programme Officer or the Council with updates and in relation to any necessary consultations on the Local Plan. This is in accordance with Regulation 19 and 22 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, Regulation 13 of The Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004 and Regulation 102 of The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017.

We have received assurance that the data passed to the Planning Inspector and Programme Officer will be kept securely and not used for any other purpose. The Inspector and Programme Officer will retain the data up to six months after the plan has been adopted.

Comments submitted by individuals will be published on our website, alongside their name. No other contact details will be published. Comments submitted by businesses and/or organisations will be published, including contact details.

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.

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South Oxfordshire District Council
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