Joint Local Plan 2041
South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils have come together to work on a new Joint Local Plan which will guide the kinds of new housing and jobs needed and where they should go, informing planning application decisions for the districts.
We carried out a public consultation asking for your thoughts on the main issues facing our districts and how we could use the Joint Local Plan to address them. Our Joint Local Plan Issues consultation was open from 12 May until 23 June 2022.
We launched an innovative new interactive website for this consultation, with interactive maps, a video and images. It was designed to work on a tablet, computer or mobile phone, although for those who prefer a more traditional document, there was also a PDF version of the Joint Local Plan Issues consultation. Thank you very much to everyone who took the time to respond to the consultation. We are now analysing the responses, and we’ll publish a summary of findings on this webpage in due course.
We also consulted on other documents alongside the Joint Local Plan Issues consultation – these were:
- Sustainability Appraisal (SA) Screening and Scoping Report
- Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) Scoping Report
- Draft Settlement Assessment Methodology
- Duty to Cooperate Scoping Document
We also prepared:
- A Public Notice – which provides details on this consultation and data protection, and
- An Equalities Impact Screening Report
What happens next
We’ll review all the comments we receive and summarise the main issues in a consultation statement. Your views will then help shape the draft of the Joint Local Plan for South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse. In early 2023, we expect to publish a Joint Local Plan ‘Preferred Options’ document that will set out proposed policies and sites for development. You’ll then have the opportunity to give your views on these ‘Preferred Options’.
Current Local Plans
You can find both councils’ current Local Plans, which the new Joint Local Plan will replace once adopted, using the links below:
- South Oxfordshire Local Plan 2035 (adopted December 2020)
- Vale of White Horse LPP1 (adopted December 2016) and LPP2 (October 2019)
Joint Local Development Scheme (LDS)
You can read the Joint Local Development Scheme (LDS), May 2022, on our webpage. It sets out the timetable for producing new planning policy documents, including key production and public consultation stages.
You can read the Joint Local Plan governance arrangements, May 2022, on our webpage. This document sets out the operational and decision-making structures for the Joint Local Plan 2041.
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Call for Land and Buildings Available for Change
Last year our ‘Call for Land and Buildings Available for Change’ invited landowners, agents, developers, community groups and others who were interested in having land considered for a range of different uses, to submit information to the councils on the sites they wanted to be assessed as part of the Joint Local Plan.
This process is usually referred to as a Call for Sites. The change in name reflected that as well as land for housing and jobs, there was also an opportunity to submit sites for community and environmental uses, such as public open spaces or renewable energy, through this process. We were particularly keen to hear about previously developed land (also known as brownfield sites) that was available, or existing larger buildings which could be converted for new uses, to help reduce the scale of greenfield development.
The Call for Land and Buildings Available for Change does not grant planning permission to any site submitted or confirm that the site will be suitable for development.
The Call for Land and Buildings Available for Change ran for six weeks from 19 August to 30 September 2021.
We’ve been processing the responses to the Call for Land and Buildings Available for Change exercise and are looking forward to publishing the submitted areas later in 2022.