The Local Plan 2031 Part 2: Detailed Policies and Additional Sites - Submission to the Secretary of State

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?

Now that the Part 2 plan has been submitted, the Secretary of State has appointed Mr David Reed BSc DipTP DMS MRTPI  as the Planning Inspector to carry out the Independent Examination, during which time Mr Reed will then examine the Part 2 plan, the evidence supporting it and the comments received, and will make a decision on whether the plan is “sound” and “legally compliant”.  For information on what these terms mean, please see our guidance note Vale of White Horse District Council This link will take you to an external website... .

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:

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: 27 - 11 - 2018

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