Local Development Framework

The Local Development Framework (LDF) is a set of spatial planning strategy documents which will guide future development in West Oxfordshire:

West Oxfordshire Local Plan 2031

The Council formally adopted the West Oxfordshire Local Plan 2031 on 27 September 2018 following receipt of the Local Plan Inspector’s report in August 2018. To view the adopted plan and other related documents see: 

Oxfordshire Cotswolds Garden Village

A key element of the Local Plan is the allocation of land north of the A40 near Eynsham for a new garden village of around 2,200 homes together with around 40 hectares of high quality business land and a range of supporting services and facilities. The proposal also has the support of the Government’s garden village programme. To guide the development of the site, the Council is preparing a new Area Action Plan (AAP) which will be adopted in 2020. 

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs)

The Council intends to prepare a number of supplementary planning documents to complement the Local Plan. SPDs have already been adopted for affordable housing and design with more to be added, to guide new developments around the district.

Further information on current and future SPDs can be found via the following link:

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. The Council is aiming to adopt and implement CIL in 2020. For further information please follow 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. It will be updated in early 2020.

Local Development Scheme (LDS)

The Local Development Scheme (LDS) is our timetable for preparing the Local Plan and other LDF documents. The Council’s most recent LDS was approved in January 2019 and is available to download below. The LDS will be updated in January 2020.

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 currently four adopted neighbourhood plans in the District along with others well advanced or underway. For more information follow the link below:

Housing Land Supply Position Statement (2019 - 2024)

The Council's most recent housing land supply position statement is available to download using the link below. This explains which new housing sites are expected to come forward in the five-year period 1 April 2019 - 31 March 2024 and how this compares to the required number of homes. It demonstrates that at the present time the Council is able to comfortably demonstrate both a 3 and 5-year supply of deliverable housing sites. To view the position statement, please click on the link below.

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. The next SHELAA update will be published in spring 2020. For further information please see:

Brownfield land register

All local planning authorities are now required to prepare and maintain a register of brownfield (previously developed) land that may be suitable for development. To view the current brownfield register for West Oxfordshire click the link below:

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.

Evidence base

It is essential that the new Local Plan and any other local development documents are supported by robust evidence in relation to matters such as flooding, housing need, the economy and so on.

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:

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 Plan 2050

As part of the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal agreement with the Government, the six Oxfordshire authorities have committed to producing a joint statutory spatial plan (JSSP), known as the Oxfordshire Plan 2050.

The Plan will relate to a broad range of social, environmental and economic issues affecting the county up to 2050.

Further information can be found on the Oxfordshire Plan 2050 website which can be visited via the link below:

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