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Supplementary planning documents

Supplementary planning documents (SPD) are additional to the local plan. They provide more detail on some policies and you should take them into account when making a planning application.

The West Oxfordshire Design Guide has been adopted and are part of planning policy. The others are being developed and updates will be added to this page as they progress.

 

Affordable housing

Draft Affordable Housing SPD 

The District Council consulted on a new draft affordable housing supplementary planning document which sets out in detail how the Council will seek to increase the supply of new affordable homes in West Oxfordshire. 

The consultation ran for six weeks until 21 August 2020.

What happens next

We will consider all comments received and will publish a revised draft for a further period of consultation later in the year before the SPD is formally adopted. At that point it will become a material consideration for any relevant planning applications.

Following the close of the Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document consultation, all representations are currently being reviewed ahead of a 2nd round of consultation which will take place early 2021.

Regular updates and information will be added to this web page once the revised draft document is ready for a further period of consultation.

Previously adopted Affordable Housing SPD

The affordable housing SPD provides detailed guidance on how the District Council will secure the delivery of affordable housing. 

Developer contributions

We have published a draft supplementary planning document (SPD) on developer contributions for consultation. It provides detailed guidance to developers, infrastructure providers and local communities on the likely infrastructure requirements placed on developments in West Oxfordshire, so they can be factored in at an early stage. 

The consultation is running for six weeks from Monday 9 November 2020 to 5pm Monday 21 December 2020.

The draft SPD is available to download and comment on.  

You can comment using our consultation portal or by email to planning.policy@westoxon.gov.uk. 

Comment on Developer Contributions SPD

The postal address for written submissions is:

Planning Policy Team
West Oxfordshire District Council
Elmfield
New Yatt Road
Witney
OX28 1PB

Due to Covid-19 restrictions we are unable to provide hard copies to view in our offices and libraries. If restrictions ease and venues open we will update this page with where you can view a hard copy. In the meantime you can request a hard copy of the consultation information by contacting us on 01993 861667 or emailing planning.policy@westoxon.gov.uk.

What happens next

We will consider all comments received and we will publish a revised draft for a further period of consultation before the SPD is formally adopted. At that point it will become a material consideration for any relevant planning applications.

 

 

East Chipping Norton

The West Oxfordshire Local Plan 2031 allocates land to the east of Chipping Norton for strategic development to include the provision of around 1,200 homes, five hectares of business land together with supporting services and facilities including a new primary school.

A Supplementary Planning Document is being prepared to ensure that development of the site is brought forward in a comprehensive and coordinated manner.

We prepared an initial issues consultation paper to stimulate early debate and discussion about the site and this was subject to public consultation from 25 January to 8 March 2019. 

Hard copies of the Issues Paper were also made available at various locations.

During the consultation Council officers held two public exhibitions on 6 February 2019 at Glyme Hall and on 25 February 2019 at the Town Hall. The exhibition panel displays are available to view.

Responses were received from over 100 individuals and organisations. A list of respondents is available to download, including links to each individual or organisation's full response. Also available is a summary report of the consultation, which identifies the key issues raised under each of the themes set out in the Issues Paper.

The comments received will be taken into account as the draft SPD is prepared ahead of further public consultation later in the year.

East Witney

The West Oxfordshire Local Plan 2031 allocates land to the east of Witney for the development of around 450 new homes together with the supporting infrastructure including transport improvements and open space.

A Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) is being prepared to help guide any future development of the site including the type and mix of new homes, what sort of open space is needed and where and how to encourage more walking and cycling including into Witney Town Centre.

To help inform the proposed SPD, we prepared an initial issues consultation paper to stimulate early debate and discussion about the East Witney site and how it should be taken forward. This issues paper was subject to a six week period of public consultation from 5 June to 17 July 2019.

During the consultation, we held two public exhibitions on 21 June at Church Centre, Cogges and on 4 July at Cogges Farm. A public meeting of the Cogges and Newland Community Association was also held, on 11 July at Cogges Church Centre.

The exhibition panel displays are available to view.

Responses were received from around 50 individuals and organisations. A list of respondents is available to download, including links to each individual or organisation's full response. A summary report of the consultation and the key issues raised will be published on this page in due course.

North Witney

The West Oxfordshire Local Plan 2031 allocates land to the north of Witney for the development of around 1,400 new homes, together with the supporting infrastructure including transport improvements and open space.

A Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) is being prepared to help guide any future development of the site including:

  • the type and mix of new homes,
  • what sort of open space and supporting transport infrastructure is needed
  • where and how to encourage more walking and cycling including into Witney Town Centre

An initial issues paper is due to be published for consultation in summer 2020.

West Eynsham

Land west of Eynsham is allocated for a mixed use development including 1,000 houses, a spine road and a new primary school in our Local Plan 2031.

The Supplementary Planning Document will ensure that this development integrates with the existing community and takes account of the environmental qualities and characteristics of the area.

As a first step in the SPD process we have produced an issues paper to stimulate early debate and discussion about development to the west of Eynsham and the key issues and priorities to be addressed as the site is taken forward.

Consultation on the issues paper closed on 21 September 2018 and responses were received from over 100 individuals and organisations. A list of respondents is available to download, including links to each individual or organisation's full response. 

You can download a summary report of the consultation, which identifies the key issues raised under each of the themes set out in the Issues Paper.

To help inform the draft SPD, we commissioned independent advice from White Young Green (WYG) on the preferred access arrangements for the West Eynsham site. The report is available to download. If you have an issues accessing the data in the report please contact us customer.services@westoxon.gov.uk .

The draft SPD will be published for a six week period of public consultation towards the end of 2020.