The Local Plan 2031 Part 2: Detailed Policies and Additional Sites

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.

Inspector's Report

The Planning Inspector issued his final report on Local Plan 2031 Part 2 (LPP2) to the Council on 25 June 2019. The Inspector’s report concludes that the Plan is ‘Sound’. A copy of the Inspector’s Report and Appendix that contains the Schedule of Main Modifications can be viewed and accessed below.

Until such time that the LPP2 is adopted as a formal council document, the policies within it will carry significant weight when the council makes decisions on planning applications. Where the Council adopts LPP2 as a formal document, the plan’s policies will carry full weight in decision making.

The process of adoption (of the LPP2) will be through the resolution at a future meeting with Full Council. The Council will seek to make its decision on the adoption of LPP2 as soon as is reasonably practicable in accordance with the relevant Regulations.

Schedule of Proposed Draft Main Modifications Consultation

The Schedule of Proposed Draft Main Modifications Consultation closed on 1 April 2019 (5pm).  The Council received a total of 105 representations from individuals or organisations.  The comments were forwarded to the Inspector for his consideration.  

All responses to the Main Modifications Consultation can be viewed here

The Council has also produced a summary of the representations received following public consultation, along with an officer response.  This document is published for information to assist the Inspector and is available to view and access below:

The Inspector invited 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 were identified by the Inspector as those necessary to make the policies and proposals within the Local Plan sound.  The Inspector considers 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:  

Additional Information

The Council 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 did not form part of the consultation and were published purely to assist understanding:

The Council also produced a strikethrough version of the Local Plan 2031 Part 2 to illustrate the Proposed Draft Main Modifications and Additional Modifications. Again, this did not form part of the consultation and was published purely to assist understanding:

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:

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: 26 - 06 - 2019

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