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Local Plan for West Oxfordshire – update

West Oxfordshire District Council (WODC) issued the Local Development Framework (LDF) Update 2016 newsletter, which includes information about the Local Plan, Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment and other related matters.

This newsletter can be downloaded here.

All information relating to the LDF can be accessed here.  

An update on the Local Plan can be found below.

Way forward agreed for Local Plan

The District Council is currently preparing a new Local Plan covering the period to 2031. The draft plan was submitted for independent examination in July 2015 and the first hearing sessions dealing with strategic matters including housing and employment were held in November 2015.

The appointed Inspector, Simon Emerson published his preliminary findings on 15 December 2015 and these raise a number of important issues, including the overall housing requirement. In light of those issues, the Council has written to the Inspector requesting that he suspends the examination in order for the Council to undertake further evidence and analysis and consult on a number of changes to the plan – known as ‘main modifications’.

The examination will be suspended for a period of around 12 months, reconvening in early 2017. This is because the Inspector has flagged up the need to take account of joint work on unmet housing need from Oxford City, which is not due to report until August 2016 at the earliest (see item below). The suspension will also provide the Council with the opportunity to do some further work on its housing requirement and additional housing allocations.

More information can be found at www.westoxon.gov.uk/localplan2031



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