Draft Local Plan October 2012

Important Influences

1.10 In line with the duty to co-operate, the Local Plan has been shaped by ongoing engagement with local communities and organisations including other local authorities, the Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust, Thames Water, Natural England and the Environment Agency.

1.11 A further key influence has been the application of Sustainability Appraisal (SA) which has helped to determine the choice of certain options over others. A separate SA report of the draft Local Plan has been made available including a non-technical summary.

1.12 Other influences include:

  • National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)
  • Oxfordshire and West Oxfordshire Sustainable Community Strategies
  • District Council Strategies such as Housing and Tourism
  • Development plan documents in neighbouring local authorities.
  • Cotswolds AONB Management Plan and planning guidance
  • Information, including site suggestions for development, provided by parish councils, landowners, developers and their agents
  • Oxfordshire Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)
  • Evidence base studies on issues such as housing and retail needs, transport and flood risk
  • Affordable housing viability study

1.13 The various evidence base studies can be found online at http://www.westoxon.gov.uk/planning/LDFsustapprevidbase.cfm