The Local Plan 2031 Part 2: Detailed Policies and Additional Sites - Proposed Draft Main Modifications Consultation
Local Plan 2031 Part 1: Strategic Sites and Policies was adopted at Full Council in December 2016. The Part 1 plan sets out the 'spatial strategy' and strategic policies for the district to deliver sustainable development. It identifies the number of new homes and jobs to be provided in the area for the plan period up to 2031. It makes provision for retail, leisure and commercial development and for the infrastructure needed to support them.
The Local Plan 2031 Part 2: Detailed Policies and Additional Sites complements the Part 1 plan and sets out policies and locations for housing for the Vale's proportion of Oxford's housing need up to 2031, which cannot be met within the City boundaries. It contains policies for the part of Didcot Garden Town that lies within the Vale of White Horse District, and detailed development management policies to complement the Local Plan 2031 Part 1, which replace the saved policies of the Local Plan 2011. It also allocates additional development sites for housing.
Local Plan 2031 Part 2 Submission
Vale of White Horse District Council submitted the Local Plan 2031 Part 2: Detailed Policies and Additional Sites to the Secretary of State on Friday 23 February 2018 for independent examination.
For more information on the Submission of the Part 2 plan, please view our Examination page.
What happens next?
Schedule of Proposed Draft Main Modifications Consultation
The Inspector is inviting comments on the Proposed Draft Main Modifications as part of the Examination process for the Local Plan 2031 Part 2. The Proposed Draft Main Modifications have been identified by the Inspector as those necessary to make the policies and proposals within the Local Plan sound. The Inspector will consider all representations submitted to the Schedule of Proposed Draft Main Modifications consultation before publishing his final report.
Additional Air Quality and Transport evidence and updates to the SA and HRA to reflect the Proposed Draft Main Modifications are also available to view and comment on:
The Council has also published a Schedule of Additional Modifications. These are of a minor nature, including typographical errors and do not affect plan soundness. The Additional Modifications do not form part of the consultation and are published purely to assist understanding:
The Council has also produced a strikethrough version of the Local Plan 2031 Part 2 to illustrate the Proposed Draft Main Modifications and Additional Modifications. Again, this does not form part of the consultation and is published purely to assist understanding:
Period of Public Consultation
The Schedule of Proposed Draft Main Modifications are published for a 6 week period of consultation from 18 February until 1 April 2019 (5pm). Comments received after this time will not be accepted and will not be considered by the Inspector.
You can submit representations to the Schedule of Proposed Draft Main Modifications by:
- completing our online form: https://survey.southandvale.gov.uk/s/VLP2019/
- emailing ;
- writing to Planning Policy, Vale of White Horse District Council, 135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, Abingdon, OX14 4SB; or
- completing a (also available at the above venues) and posting or emailing it back to us.
Hard copies of the Schedule of Proposed Draft Main Modifications are also available to view at the Council Offices, during office hours (Monday – Thursday, 8.30am-5pm and Friday 8.30am-4.30pm) and at the following locations across the District:
- Abingdon Library
- Abbey House, Oxfordshire County Council, Abingdon
- Botley Library
- Didcot Library
- Faringdon Library
- Grove Library
- Kennington Library
- Oxford City Council, St Aldates
- Wantage Library
Your name, contact details and comments will be shared with the Planning Inspector and a Programme Officer, who acts as a point of contact between the Council, Planning Inspector and respondents. This means that you will be contacted by the Programme Officer (and where necessary the Council) with updates on the Local Plan. This is required by Regulation 22 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 and Section 20 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.
We have received assurance that the data passed to the Planning Inspector and Programme Officer will be kept securely and not used for any other purpose. The Inspector and Programme Officer will retain the data up to six months after the plan has been adopted. Vale of White Horse District Council will hold the data for six years after the plan has been adopted.
Comments submitted by individuals will be published on our website, alongside their name. No other contact details will be published. Comments submitted by businesses and/or organisations will be published in full, including contact details.
If you would like to know more about how we use and store your data, please visit:
Previous Stages of the Local Plan Process
Following the submission of the Part 2 Plan on 23 February 2018, the Secretary of State appointed Mr David Reed BSc DipTP DMS MRTPI as the Planning Inspector to examine the Part 2 Plan, the evidence supporting it and the comments received.
View the Local Plan 2031 Part 2 documents
Draft Adopted Policies Maps
All documentation relating to the Submission of the Local Plan 2031 Part 2 can be viewed here:
Hard copies of the Submission Version of the Part 2 plan and accompanying documents are also available for public inspection in the following places:
- the Council offices, 135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, OX14 4SB
- public libraries in Abingdon-on-Thames, Botley, Didcot, Faringdon, Grove, Kennington and Wantage during normal opening hours
Responses to Plan Consultations
We would like to thank everyone who submitted comments during the Publicity Period to the Publication Version of the Part 2 plan, which took place between 11 October – 22 November 2017. The responses are now available to view here:
- Publicity Period Consultation Responses (October – November 2017) (Folder 018 REP Reg 19 consultation responses)
Responses to previous consultations can be found here:
List of Saved Local Plan 2011 Policies
The table below provides a list of the Saved Policies in the Local Plan 2011 and provides a brief summary of the rational for how these policies are proposed to be updated or replaced.
Further information can be found in Topic Papers 3 to 6 that are available to view and access on the Council website at:
Last reviewed: 21 - 02 - 2019