Local Plan: latest news
West Oxfordshire District Council’s Local Plan examination hearing sessions have now concluded.
Planning Inspector Malcolm Rivett closed the third stage of the hearings on July 20 having focused the session on specific sites as well as the Council’s overall housing land supply.
Planning Inspector Malcolm Rivett BA (Hons) MSc MRTPI has been appointed to conduct the examination and he will determine whether or not the plan is ‘sound’ in light of the representations received and national policy.
Further information about the process and documentation is here: Local Plan 2031 Examination.
- We first formally submitted our draft Local Plan to Government for independent examination by the Planning Inspectorate in July 2015.
- The subsequent examination hearing was suspended in January 2016 following recommendations by the Planning Inspector that elements of the Plan should be reconsidered, including the overall housing target.
- As a result, our planners undertook a range of further work and consulted on proposed changes to the Plan.
- Responses were received from around 1,000 individuals and organisations during the 6-week consultation stage which ran from 11 November until 23 December 2016. These were submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for consideration on 10 March 2017, together with the proposed modifications and a range of supporting documents.
Cllr Jeff Haine, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Economy:
“We have found the process very helpful – there was a very wide ranging discussion on the proposals. While there is a little more work the council has to do, we look forward to hearing the inspector’s findings in due course.
“It is vital that we get an adopted Local Plan in place as soon as possible otherwise the district will continue to be at risk from speculative housing applications.
"I would like to thank all the interested groups and individuals who took part in the process."