West Oxfordshire Local Plan 2031 - PROPOSED MAIN MODIFICATIONS

CoverThe Draft West Oxfordshire Local Plan 2031 was submitted for examination in July 2015 with the first hearing sessions conducted in November 2015.

The examination of the Local Plan was then suspended in January 2016 pending further work in relation to the local housing target and the identification of additional development sites including potential provision for ‘unmet’ housing need arising from Oxford City.

The Council has spent the intervening period gathering additional evidence to support a series of proposed modifications to the Local Plan, to address the Planning Inspector's concerns about the soundness of the plan.

These proposed modifications are the subject of public consultation for 6-weeks from 11 November until 23 December 2016.

The modifications fall into two categories; ‘main modifications’ that relate to more significant issues of ‘soundness’ and more minor ‘additional modifications’ such as typographical or grammatical errors and factual updates to improve clarity.

We are primarily seeking views on the main modifications as these relate to more significant issues although we will also accept comments on the more minor additional modifications.

A full list of the main modifications is available to download below.You can see clearly how these relate to the Local Plan in the complete version of the document, which is also available to download below.

It is important to note that at this stage comments can only be made on the proposed modifications and cannot be made on the text of the plan as originally drafted.

If you wish to respond to the consultation please follow the relevant links below.

The proposed modifications will be presented back to the Planning Inspectorate early in 2017, along with all comments received and supporting evidence, to determine whether the Local Plan is suitable for adoption, to guide development in West Oxfordshire to 2031.

This consultation has now closed.


  • Opened
    7 Nov 2016 at 00:00
  • Closed
    25 Dec 2016 at 23:59


Areas of Interest
  • Core Strategy
  • Site Allocations
  • Housing
  • Climate Change
  • Environment
  • Town Centres
  • Employment and Economy
  • Transport
  • Tourism
  • Recreation and Leisure
  • Gypsies and Travellers
Geographical area
  • District-wide
Contact Details

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