Status of the Local Plan

1.7 The Local Plan is the key document within the West Oxfordshire Local Development Framework (LDF) a portfolio of documents which collectively deliver the planning strategy for the District. Sitting above the Local Plan is the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) which sets out the Government's economic, environmental and social planning policies for England. The Local Plan must be consistent with the NPPF.

1.8 Sitting below the Local Plan are 'Neighbourhood Plans' drawn up by local communities and businesses to determine how their local areas will develop in the future. Where Neighbourhood Plans come forward they must be in general conformity with the Local Plan but can choose to promote more development and focus on particular local issues.

1.9 Sitting alongside the Local Plan is the draft Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP) which identifies the physical, social and environmental infrastructure needed to support future growth including new schools, roads and open space. These various linkages are illustrated in Figure 1.1.

Figure 1.1 - The Local Plan in Context