Local Plan 2031 Examination

Submission of proposed modifications - West Oxfordshire Local Plan 2031

Local Plan 2031

The 'Main Modifications' to the Local Plan were submitted to the Planning Inspectorate on 10 March 2017 in accordance with the planning regulations.

In July 2015 Planning Inspector Mr Simon Emerson BSc DTp MRTPI conducted the Examination into the soundness of the plan, however during the suspension of the Examination Mr Emerson retired as a Planning Inspector.

Mr Malcolm Rivett BA (Hons) MSc MRTPI has been appointed to conduct the remainder of the Examination. 

Examination programme

The examination hearings will be held in two stages in May and July 2017, as follows:

 All examination hearing sessions will take place at: 

  • The Council Chamber or Committee Rooms 1 and 2, Council Offices, Woodgreen, Witney, Oxon. OX28 1NB
  • Please: view map of Council offices

The Inspector has now prepared an examination guidance note as well a draft hearing programme and matters and questions for both Stages 2 and 3 of the examination (May and July respectively). These are available below:

Hearing statements - stage 2

A number of individuals and organisations will participate in the hearing sessions for stage 2 of the examination in May. These participants have submitted a series of 'further statements' in response to the Inspector's matters and questions. To view these statements, please:

Updated submission Local Plan documents

The Council have sent documents to the Secretary of State for consideration in accordance with the planning regulations. The core submission documents and the evidence base reports are available to download below and are set out in full in the Examination library. 

You can view all the documentation at various locations around the District. For details of these deposit locations, including addresses and opening hours please:

Core Submission documents

View Local Plan Examination Library

Programme Officer contact details

To help with the examination process, the Council has appointed an independent Programme Officer. Their contact details are: 

Rosemary Morton, C/O Planning Policy Team
West Oxfordshire District Council
New Yatt Road
Witney OX28 1PB

Tel: 01628 672181
Email: programme.officer@westoxon.gov.uk

Consultation on proposed changes to the draft Local Plan 

Consultation on the proposed changes to the draft Local Plan ended on Friday 23 December 2016. The representations received were sent to the Planning Inspectorate, along with the proposed modifications to the local plan and supporting evidence on 10 March 2017.

To view comments that have been made on the Local Plan and registered on our online database, please:

A small number of additional representations have been submitted to the Council since the consultation on proposed changes closed in December. These have been sent to the Inspector who is aware that they were submitted outside of the 6-week consultation period. The additional representations can be viewed below.

To view a summary of the proposed Local Plan changes, please:

The West Oxfordshire Local Plan 2031 was initially submitted to the Planning Inspectorate on 14 July 2015 for independent examination.

A copy of the letter sent to stakeholders confirming submission is available to download via the link below

As part of the examination process, a number of pre-hearing statements were submitted in September 2015. Please view:

Inspector's preliminary findings and suspension of examination

The first Local Plan hearing session dealing with strategic matters, including the duty to co-operate and housing and employment requirements, was held between Monday 23 November and Thursday 26 November 2015. The Inspector's preliminary findings were published in December 2015 and are in two parts:

Based on his initial findings, the Council wrote to the Inspector asking him to suspend the Local Plan examination so the Council can prepare and consult on necessary changes to the plan, known as 'main modifications'. Please download a copy of the letter below:

In response, the Inspector agreed to suspend the Local Plan examination until December 2016. For more information, please download a copy of the Inspector's response:

The suspension was necessary to allow the Council to undertake further work and address the issue of 'unmet' housing need arising from Oxford City.  

Pre-submission Local Plan consultation

We consulted on the Local Plan 2031 for a 6 weeks from Friday 27 March until Friday 8 May 2015. To view the comments received during this consultation please visit:

Comments are arranged in plan order and the document includes respondent details and 'Comment ID' numbers.

Further information can be found on the Council's consultation database using the link below. You may search the consultation database using 'Comment ID' number, for further details on whether the plan is considered sound, legally compliant and whether the Council has complied with the 'Duty to co-operate'.

West Oxfordshire Draft Local Plan

Preparation of the new Local Plan started in 2007. Since then a number of stages have been completed and a lot of research and consultation has been done. For more information please: 

West Oxfordshire District Council
New Yatt Road
OX28 1PB