West Oxfordshire Local Plan Housing Consultation

1 Introduction

1.1 The District Council is preparing a new Local Plan to replace the existing Local Plan adopted in 2006.

1.2 A consultation draft was published in November 2012 and the Council had planned to submit the final version to Government in summer 2013.

1.3 However in May 2013, a team of consultants were commissioned by the Oxfordshire planning authorities to prepare an assessment of future housing needs. The report, known as the Oxfordshire Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) was published in April 2014 and now forms an important part of each Council's Local Plan evidence base.

1.4 For West Oxfordshire, the SHMA suggests a significant increase in new housing is needed compared to that which was identified in the draft Local Plan (2012).

1.5 The purpose of this consultation document is to set out the Council's response to the findings of the SHMA and other relevant evidence and explain how the Local Plan will be taken forward.

1.6 The consultation document addresses the following issues:

  • The plan period;
  • The overall number of homes to be provided;
  • The proposed spatial (locational) strategy;
  • How the overall housing requirement will be met including which sites are expected to be developed;
  • Future business land requirements; and
  • The type and mix of housing needed including affordable housing.

1.7 The consultation paper is supported by a range of technical evidence including an independent Sustainability Appraisal (SA).

1.8 The consultation period will run until19th September 2014.

1.9 All comments received will be taken into account by the Council in preparing the final pre-submission draft Local Plan which will be formally published in October/November 2014.