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Local Plan 2041 - preparation of a new plan

To make sure that our planning policies and proposals are up to date and effectively tackle vital issues such as climate change, health and wellbeing, housing and the economy, we are preparing a new Local Plan covering the period up to 2041.

The following key dates for drawing up the new Local Plan are expected to apply:

  • Informal (Regulation 18) plan preparation: August 2022 – August 2023
  • Formal publication of draft Local Plan (Regulation 19): September 2023
  • Submission for independent examination: December 2023
  • Examination and adoption: 2024

To kick off the first informal stage, we are currently seeking early views on potential ‘areas of focus’ for the new Local Plan.

The consultation is running from 24 August 2022 until 5 October 2022.

Responses will also be used to inform our new Council Plan which will be drafted and adopted later this year.

To take part in the consultation please visit our new digital engagement platform via the following link:

Alternatively you can email your response to 

Or, you can write to us at: 

Planning Policy Team West
Oxfordshire District Council
Elmfield, New Yatt Road
Witney OX28 1PB

This early engagement will help to ensure that both the Local Plan and the Council Plan address the issues of most importance and relevance to West Oxfordshire – rather than reading as if they could apply anywhere.

Further information on the new Local Plan as it takes shape following the consultation will be made available on this page in due course.