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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. 

Issues Consultation

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. 

Supporting documents

We also consulted on other documents alongside the Joint Local Plan Issues consultation – these were:

We also prepared:

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’.

Further Background

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:

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.

Keep up to date with the latest Joint Local Plan news:

If you’d like to receive planning policy consultations and updates (including those about the Joint Local Plan and Supplementary Planning Documents) and/or general council consultation notifications, please register your details using our online sign up form

Call for Land and Buildings Available for Change

Between 19 August and 30 September 2021 we invited landowners, agents, developers, community groups and others who were interested in having land considered for development, to submit information to the Councils on the sites they wanted to be assessed as part of the Joint Local Plan. Submissions made through this exercise supplement sites previously submitted as part of the Vale of White Horse Call for Sites which took place in 2020.

The boundaries of the land and buildings submitted as part of these exercises, along with some high level information about these sites, can be found on our interactive Call for Land and Buildings Available for Change webpage.

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Vale of White Horse District Council
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Abbey Close
OX14 3JE