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Local Group Web Manager: Jane Tomlinson

Local Group Web Manager: Jane Tomlinson

Jane Tomlinson, PR manager, CPRE Oxfordshire

The Cherwell LP Part 1 Review Examination in Public will start with a One Day Pre-Hearing Meeting purely focused on whether the proposed level of unmet need can be considered sound and if so, whether it meets the exceptional circumstances test to justify release of Green Belt.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018 09:50

Vacancy: Chair of CPRE West Oxfordshire

CPRE Oxfordshire is looking for a new Chairperson to help co-ordinate our activity in West Oxfordshire.

Thursday, 26 July 2018 12:58

Your Local Plan

The five Oxfordshire district councils are working towards, or have, an approved Local Plan. What's the Local Plan in your area? 


The Cherwell Local Plan 2011-2031 Part 1 was adopted in 2015, and re-adopted in 2016 to include Bicester. Read it here...

A Partial Review is in preparation to to help meet the unmet housing needs of Oxford. In Part 1 of the Local Plan, Cherwell District Council committed to address the unmet objectively assessed housing need from elsewhere in Oxfordshire, particularly from Oxford City. In 2016 the Oxfordshire Growth Board agreed an apportionment of Oxford's unmet housing need to the Oxfordshire Districts, including 4,400 houses to Cherwell District.

Cherwell District Council submitted the Local Plan Partial Review to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government for formal examination in March 2018. The Local Plan Partial Review is now subject to Examination and a Preliminary Hearing will now take place in September 2018, read more here... Full Examination is expected in 2019.

The Cherwell Local Plan 2011-2031 is in preparation and will address smaller, non-strategic sites and management policies. Read more here... 

UPDATE - Cherwell Local Plan Examination Hearings have been confirmed. For more details and to respond read more here...

Oxford City

The Oxford City Local Plan 2001-2016, Core Strategy 2026 and Sites and Housing Plan are currently in place. These will each be replaced by the Oxford Local Plan 2036 when adopted.
Read the current policy documents here: Oxford City Local Plan 2001-2016; Core Strategy 2026; Sites and Housing Plan

Oxford City Council is currently drafting the Local Plan 2036, which will become the main planning policy document for Oxford. It will set out set out how the city looks and feels, guiding new developments to the right locations, whilst protecting and improving the environment.

The public had an opportunity to offer comments on the Oxford Local Plan 2036 between June and August 2017. The consultation statement document can be read here...

Ongoing timescale:
October 2018                                  - Special Council meeting
1 November to 13 December 2018 - Consultation of Draft Plan Regulation 19
March 2019                                     - Submit Plan for examination
June/July 2019                                - Hearing days (tbc)
Autumn 2019                                   - Inspector's report (tbc)

Area Action Plans exist for West End, Barton and Northern Gateway. They can be read here: West End Area Action Plan; Barton Area Action Plan; Northern Gateway Action Plan.

UPDATE - the Oxford City Local Plan public consultation is now closed. To read CPRE Oxfordshire's response and find out to respond yourself visit our newspage.


South Oxfordshire

The South Oxfordshire Local Plan 2011-2031 was adopted in 2006 . Read it here...

South Oxfordshire District Council is developing a new Local Plan which will set out the vision for the district up to 2033. It will identify where housing, retail and employment land should be located as well as the infrastructure to support this growth, such as new roads, schools, health services and sewerage. The proposed policies will be used to help make decisions on planning permission in the district.

In May 2018 full council met to review the Local Plan and decided to follow cabinets recommendations to reassess all available housing sites as long as the extra time this takes does not have a significant impact on the countywide Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal, £60m for affordable housing and £150m for infrastructure improvements, read more here...

The council intends to reassess each of the main housing sites currently proposed in the Plan, along with previously considered locations that were dismissed but were 'reasonable alternatives' and some additional sites.

Current proposed sites: Culham, Wheatley, Berinsfield, Chalgrove Airfield.

Previously considered 'reasonable alternatives' sites: Thornhill, Wick Farm, Lower Elsfield, Grenoble Road, Northfields, Harrington.

Additional sites submitted by developers: Palmers Riding Stables, Emmer Green; Reading Golf Club, Playhatch; land off Thame Road, North Weston; Land South of Great Western Park.

For more detail, documents and topic papers visit the South Oxfordshire website: Emerging Local Plan. 

UPDATE - the Draft Scrutiny version of the South Oxfordshire Plan has been published and subject to 6 week consultation. Read more here...
Download CPRE Oxfordshire's full submission


Vale of White Horse

The Vale of White Horse Local Plan 2031 Part 1 was adopted in 2016.
Local Plan Part 1: Strategic Sites and Policies can be read here: Contents and Chapters 1-4; Chapters 5-7.
It identifies the number of new homes and jobs to be provided up to 2031. It makes provision for retail, leisure and commercial development and for the infrastructure needed to support them.

Vale of White Horse Council have submitted the Local Plan 2031 Part 2: Additional Sites and Detailed Policies. Read the Publication version and all supporting documents here...
The Part 2 Plan sets out policies and locations for housing for the Vale's proportion of Oxford's unmet housing need up to 2031. It contains policies for the part of Didcot Garden Town that lies within the Vale of White Horse District. It also allocates additional development sites for housing.

The Secretary of State has appointed Mr David Reed as the Planning Inspector to carry out the Independent Examination.


West Oxfordshire

The West Oxfordshire Local Plan 2031 was formally adopted on 27 September 2018 and sets out the overall planning framework for the District from 2011-2031.

The Local Plan can be read here, together with accompany documents: West Oxfordshire Local Plan 2031.



Tuesday, 17 July 2018 12:52

Have your say

local plans


Step One: maximise your influence by attending events or workshops and, most importantly, respond in writing to consultations. Read more here...

Step Two: the local planning authority is not required legally to consult the public at this stage. If they do comment on the issues, vision and objectives. Read more here...

tep Three:
understand the spatial strategy and the Sustainability Appraisal.
This is a key stage to comment and influence the plan. Read more here...

tep Four:
understand policies and proposals.
You may have an opportunity to comment or you may not see the full text of the Local Plan until it's published. Read more here...

Step Five: responding to the formal consultation on the pre-submission draft version of the Local Plan.
Once the local planning authority is happy with its Local Plan it must publish it for a formal consultation period of at least six weeks and make it available at the council offices, other appropriate locations and on its website. At this stage formal representations can be made in writing or electronically e.g. via a website or email.
This is your last chance to have your say on the contents of the Local Plan. Even if you have made comments at an earlier stage it will be worth looking again to see if your comments have been taken on board. If not, you may want to make your comments again as a formal representation. Importantly, all representations made at the publication stage are provided to the inspector who examines the plan. If you don't respond to this version you will not have an opportunity to comment or speak at the Examination. Read more here...

Commenting on the tests of soundness

Local Plans are required to meet the tests of soundness. This means they should be: positively prepared; justified; effective; and consistent with national policy.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Is the plan positively prepared?
    Does the plan seek to meet the local needs for housing, land for businesses, community facilities, infrastructure (transport, water, energy), education, shops, facilities for sport and leisure etc., which have been identified through the studies which make up the evidence base?
  • Is it justified?
    Is the chosen strategy the best one compared with the alternatives considered? Is it clear how the Sustainability Appraisal has informed the plan (the Sustainability Appraisal report should set this out, and can help you to compare alternative options)? Has the plan been prepared with participation of the community? Is it clearly founded on evidence, backed up by facts?
  • Is it effective?
    Is there information on how the plan will be delivered during its life time (e.g. an 'implementation plan')? Does this say whether other delivery partners (e.g. strategic rail and highway authorities, the Environment Agency, water companies) are signed up to the plan? Is there an indication of when sites will come forward? Is it clear how the plan will be monitored? Is it flexible - able to deal with changing circumstances (e.g. what if a big site doesn't come forward for development when expected)?
  • Is it consistent with national policy as set out in the National Planning Policy Framework?

Step Six: submission version of the Local Plan. 
Once the local planning authority has considered all the representations received at the publication stage, it can amend the plan before submitting it to the Secretary of State to be considered by an independent inspector at an Examination. The local planning authority is required to provide a written summary of all the issues raised, both during the engagement stage and publication stage, to the inspector. They must also say how issues raised at the publication stage have been addressed in the plan. Read more here...

Step Seven: take part in the Examination.
The Local Plan will be considered by an independent Planning Inspector who will assess whether the Plan has been prepared ensuring 'duty to co-operate', legal and procedural requirements. The Inspector will also consider all the representations made and the evidence prepared by the local planning authority. The Inspector will decide if a hearing is required and, if so, what issues will be covered. The Inspector must focus on the soundness of the plan.
If your objections have not been overcome at the submission stage you may decide to register to speak or make further comment at the Hearing. Read more here...

Step Eight: Inspector's recommendation, approval and adoption.
Following the Examination, the Inspector will make a recommendation to the Secretary of State and the local planning authority. The Inspector may find the Plan 'unsound' in which case the local planning authority cannot adopt it without significant changes requiring further consultation and re-examination.
When adopted, look out for planning applications implementing the Local Plan and influence the quality of development in your area. 
Read about planning and how to respond to planning applications.



Tuesday, 17 July 2018 11:50

What Are Local Plans?

Local Plans set out the big decisions on planning for the future of your community and land. They outline the long-term strategy for each planning authority. England's planning system is designed to ensure that future development is always in the public interest and stops speculative development.

Monday, 16 July 2018 10:43

The Issues

NNGO are campaigning for a future for Oxfordshire which meets the real needs of local people not speculator greed.

Campaigning for:

  • carefully meeting the need to house an increase in Oxfordshire's population of about 10% by 2031, more in line with the national average growth projections.
  • the right kind of houses, in the right place, for people in real need and at the right price - for rental or purchase.
  • infrastructure that is exploited to the full, but avoiding overstretch, with investment in public transport.
  • focused development, prioritising brownfield sites, respecting the views of local communities and recognising the value of our environment.
  • support for a range of sectors, including rural businesses, tied to local employment needs. Oxfordshire currently has virtually full employment.
  • sustainable development, serving the needs and interests of Oxfordshire's residents.

Campaigning against:

  • an imposed 'growth at all costs' approach that only benefits speculators.
  • 30% population growth by 2031 and housebuilding more than double any rate previously achieved. 100,000 new houses by 2031=2 new Oxfords.
  • unaffordable, inappropriate estates not co-located with jobs.
  • infrastructure pushed beyond its capacity leading to congestion, flooding, pollution and pressure on our natural resources: water, gas, minerals etc.
  • the imposition of a dreamt up 85,000 jobs by 2031, irrespective of local employment needs. Job creation needs to be more in line with national average population growth projections of 10%.
  • unsustainable development promoted by the undemocratic Local Enterprise Partnership.
Monday, 16 July 2018 10:22


Become a coalition member

Is your community under threat from Oxfordshire's unrealistic and unwelcome growth targets?

We believe that by working together we are bteer placed to promote an alternative vision that is not based on forced economic growth but which focusses instead on local people's real needs.

Need Not Greed Oxfordshire invite local community organisations to join the coalition.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss how your organisation can join.

To find out how to set up your own campaign group visit our Campaigning page to read tips and advice.


Individual supporters

Individuals are encouraged to support the campaign by signing up to the Need Not Greed Newsletter and visiting the news page for details about campaign activities.

Supporters can also donate to the campaign via Just Giving.

Or you could consider joining your local Coalition Group.

No group near you? To find out how to set up your own Campaign group visit our Campaigning page.

Alternatively, you could join CPRE Oxfordshire which fights for the protection of the Oxfordshire countryside, and provides the Secretariat for NNGO.

Monday, 16 July 2018 09:10

Need not Greed

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The growth strategy for Oxfordshire proposes 100,000 new houses by 2031, equivalent to two new cities the size of Oxford. Plus, 85,000 new jobs and at least 200,000 more people, roughly a 30% increase in Oxfordshire's population.

New population estimates from the Office of National Statistics have highlighted the inaccuracies in Oxfordshire’s housing figures.

Monday, 25 June 2018 12:33

CPRE Oxfordshire Newsletters

Newsletters are published twice yearly, to download a copy see below.

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