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Consultation opens on South Oxforshire's Local Plan - Final Publication Version - have your say!

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 11:34

Consultation opens on South Oxforshire's Local Plan - Final Publication Version, before it submits it to the Inspector for independent examination.

South Oxforshire's Local Plan (2011-2033), once approved, will shape the future of the district up to the year 2033.

It identifies where housing, retail and employment land should be located as well as the infrastructure required to support this growth, such as new roads, schools, health services and sewerage.

The proposed policies in the plan will be used to help make decisions on planning applications in the district.

Before the Council submits its Plan, it is carrying out a six week publicity period, which will run from 11 October until 5pm on Wednesday 22 November 2017.

This is your final opportunity to comment and you MUST respond if you wish to be involved in the examination, even if you responded to a previous consultation on the Local Plan.

The publicity period is different from the previous four consultations, as the Planning Inspectorate dictates the specific questions that have to be asked relating to the legality of the plan.

The council has prepared a guidance note and a short video to help explain the consultation process in more detail.


In summary:

The council's draft Local Plan outlines how it will address the need for housing until the year 2033, including helping Oxford City's 'unmet housing need'.

The approximate number of houses that the council is planning over the 22 year period is 22,550, although many of these have already been granted planning permission or been built.

The council is now allocating space for the remaining 9,671 - two major housing developments have been identified: one in Culham (in the Green Belt) for 3,500 houses, and one at Chalgrove fopr 3,000 houses, with the rest of the houses being cited in Wheatley, at the Brookes University campus, also in Wheatley and at Berinsfield (both in the Green Belt).

The plan also identifies substantial road building – bypasses for Clifton Hampden, Didcot, Watlington, Benson, Southern Abingdon, and Stadhampton, with a new Culham to Didcot Thames River Crossing and a new Park and Ride at Sandford-on-Thames to the south-east of Oxford.

What it doesn't cover in any detail is the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway - more CPRE news on this issue to follow!


How you can respond:

You can provide your comments between 11 October and 5pm on 22 November 2017 in the following ways:

  • complete the online comment form (registration is required)
  • download a comment form and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • collect a comment form from one of the locations listed below and post it to Planning Policy, SODC, 135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, Abingdon OX14 4SB, or
  • attend one of the drop-in events (see below).


Attending a drop-in:

The Council is hosting a series of drop-in events across the district to help explain the publicity process and how to submit your comments:

  • Wallingford, St Marys Church - Sat 14 October, 10am – 2pm
  • Culham, Primary School - Thurs 19 October, 4pm – 8pm
  • Henley, Town Hall - Council Chamber - Sat 21 October, 10am – 2pm
  • Chalgrove (1), Village Hall, Monday 23 October, 4pm – 8pm
  • Didcot, Cornerstone - Tues 31 October, 3pm – 7pm
  • Berinsfield, Church Hall - Tues 7 November, 3pm – 7pm
  • Wheatley, The Merry Bells Village Hall - Thurs 9 November, 3pm – 7pm
  • Thame, Town Hall - Mon 13 November, 3pm – 7pm
  • Chalgrove (2), Village Hall - Fri 17 November, 3pm – 7pm


How to view the information:

Hard copies are available at the following locations during their usual opening hours:

  • The council office at 135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, Abingdon, OX14 4SB
  • Public libraries in Benson, Berinsfield, Chinnor, Didcot, Goring, Henley, Sonning Common, Thame, Wallingford, Watlington, Wheatley and Woodcote
  • Abbey House Abingdon, Abbey Sports Centre Berinsfield, Chalgrove Post Office, Clifton Hampden Post Office, Cornerstone Didcot, Culham Science Centre, Didcot Wave Leisure Centre and Oxford City Council, St Aldate’s offices.

See: CPRE Oxfordshire's response to the consultation on the Preferred Options, May 2017


CPRE Oxfordshire, 11 October


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