Local Development Framework

We are in the process of replacing the adopted Local Plan with a set of documents called the Local Development Framework (LDF).

West Oxfordshire Local Plan 2011-2031 

The new Local Plan will guide development across the District until 2031. Here are the key stages in the preparation of the Local Plan:

  • 27 March to 8 May 2015: the final, pre-submission draft Local Plan was published for 6 week consultation period
  • July 2015: the final, pre-submission draft Local Plan was submitted for examination
  • November 2015: the initial examination hearing sessions
  • December 2015: the Inspector’s preliminary findings were published
  • January 2016: as the Inspector raised some issues the examination was suspended
  • February to October 2016: we have done further work and identified some proposed changes to the Local Plan
  • November to December 2016: consultation on the proposed changes to the Local Plan
  • 10 March 2017: changes submitted to the Planning Inspectorate.

For further information on the preparation of and consultation on the proposed changes to Local Plan please see:

Oxfordshire Growth Board

The Oxfordshire Growth Board is a Joint Committee of the six Oxfordshire councils to whose role is to deliver major projects affecting the County for which joint working is necessary.

The Growth Board:

  • oversees all the projects agreed in the Oxford and Oxfordshire City Deal and Local Growth Deals that the Oxfordshire Councils aim to deliver
  • advises on matters of collective interest
  • seeks agreement on local priorities
  • influences local, regional and national bodies on issues of development and investment.

For more information about the Growth Board please:

Oxfordshire Cotswolds Garden Village

Central government has announced that it will contribute funding towards a new 'garden village' to the north of the A40, near Eynsham.

The new settlement in this location will help meet housing needs in Oxfordshire in a sustainable way.

Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP)

Alongside the Local Plan the Council has prepared an Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP) which sets out what infrastructure will be needed (schools, open space, roads etc.) to address the future level and distribution of growth set out in the Local Plan.

Click on the link below to download the latest draft version of the IDP prepared in February 2015.

Strategic housing and economic land availability assessment (SHELAA)

As part of the evidence base to support the Local Plan, the Council has to prepare a strategic housing and economic land availability assessment (SHELAA) which assesses the potential suitability of land within the District for housing and economic development. A new SHELAA will be produced during 2016 to help inform consultation on proposed changes to the Local Plan later in the year. For further information please see:

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is essentially a charge that may be levied on new developments to help fund local infrastructure such as roads, schools and open spaces. For further information please follow the link below:

Neighbourhood Plans

Neighbourhood Plans are plans produced by local communities to guide future developments in their local area. They sit alongside the Local Plan and when adopted, are used to influence planning decisions. There are several neighbourhood plans underway in the District. For more information follow the link below:

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs)

The Council intends to prepare three supplementary planning documents to complement the Local Plan including affordable housing, an update of the West Oxfordshire Design Guide and a document relating to developer contributions.  

Brownfield land register

As part of a Government pilot scheme we have prepared a draft brownfield land register which identifies brownfield (previously developed) sites within the District that are considered to be suitable, in principle, for new housing. For further information and to view the draft pilot register click the link below:

Statement of community involvement (SCI)

The SCI sets out how we engage with stakeholders in relation to the preparation of documents such as the Local Plan. The SCI was updated in 2014 and can be downloaded via the link below.

Local Development Scheme (LDS)

The Local Development Scheme (LDS) is our timetable for preparing the Local Plan and other LDF documents. The Council’s current LDS (2017 – 2020) was approved in March 2017. For more information please:

Monitoring

So that we know whether our plans and policies are having the desired effect, we are required to produce regular monitoring reports. As well as looking at the impact of policies, the monitoring report also considers whether the LDF timetable is being achieved. The most recent monitoring report and a number of earlier versions are available to download below.

We have therefore developed an extensive 'evidence base' which is constantly being updated and added to so that we have as much up to date information as possible:

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