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The Sites and Housing Plan is part of Oxford's Local Plan. It allocates sites for development for housing, employment and other uses and sets out detailed planning policies for residential development including affordable housing.
A site allocation describes what type of land use, or mix of uses, would be acceptable on a specific site if a planning application was submitted on it. Allocations help local people understand what may happen in their area in the future and give guidance to developers. They are a positive policy towards redevelopment and help ensure the right type of development happens in order to meet the aims of the Core Strategy.
The housing policies contains new planning policies on affordable housing (in more detail than the Core Strategy), student accommodation, Houses in Multiple Occupation and the design, size and sustainability requirements. All proposals for residential development will be considered against these policies.
The Sites and Housing Plan was adopted by the City Council on 18 February 2013.
|Sites and Housing Plan (5MB PDF)||Contains policies against which all planning applications are judged. Anyone considering submitting a planning application will need to consider the polices within the Core Strategy alongside other Local Plan documents.|
Inspector's Report including major modifications
Minor Modifications (PDF)
|The report by an independent planning inspector which declared the Sites and Housing Plan as 'sound' subject to a limited number of major and minor modifications. A 'sound' document is one that has been considered to be positively prepared, justified, effective and consistent with national policy.|
Site Allocations Sustainability Appraisal (February 2012) (11MB PDF)
|It is a legal requirement that a sustainability appraisal is undertaken during the preparation of any Local Plan document. This document helped City Council assess how the Sites and Housing Plan would help to implement the principles of economic, social and environmental sustainability.|
Habitat Regulations Assessment (February 2012) (1.6MB PDF)
|It is a legal requirement that a Local Plan document is assessed against whether it has any significant effect on designated conservation sites of European importance. The Habitats Regulation Assessment assessed the impact of the Sites and Housing Plan Core Strategy on the Oxford Meadows Special Area of Conservation.|
Adoption Statement (PDF)
|A legal requirement of the City Council that announced the adoption of the Sites and Housing PlanCore Strategy.|
Below are the earlier stages of production that the Sites and Housing went through.
|Pre-production evidence gathering||
Drawing up of an initial database of potential sites. Sites rejected sites for such reasons as being too small, within the flood plain or Green Belt. Information gathered on housing issues to identify the key issues.
|Up to November 2010|
This was an informal consultation stage to make people aware of the document and to gather their ideas and concerns about potential sites and housing issues through consultations events using maps, displays and discussions.
We prepared a Consultation Report which summarises what we did, feedback on the events and comments received on the sites and housing issues.
|November/ December 2010|
|Preferred Options Document and draft SA publication and consultation||
Options for Sites and Housing Plan policies were narrowed down to the Preferred Options based upon the objectives of the Core Strategy and consultation comments. A formal consultation was carried out to gather comments.
Preferred Options - Introduction (1MB PDF)
Preferred Options Consultation Report (1.2kB PDF)
|Proposed Submission Document and SA publication and consultation||
Proposed policy wording was set out in this document. It considered the objectives of the Core Strategy and comments made at the previous stage. A formal consultation was carried out from 10th February 2012 for 6 weeks to gather comments on soundness.
Sites and Housing DPD Proposed Submission (7.8MB PDF)
Comments received during the consultation:
Sites and Housing Plan summary respondent list (27kB PDF)
|Submission to Secretary of State||
Minor changes are made following the Proposed Submission consultation. The Proposed Submission document was submitted to the Secretary of State on 11th May 2012 alongside the Minor Post-Publication Changes.
|Examination in Public||
An independent planning inspector considered whether the document is sound and legally compliant through public hearing sessions.
Core Document List of the Examination Library (170kB PDF) This was set up to contain all the documents and supporting evidence for the Examination. This included correspondence from the Inspector, the Council and participants. Electronic versions of the documents are available on request from the details below.
|Adopt the Sites and Policies DPD||The Council considered the inspector's report and adopted the Sites and Housing Plan with the Inspector's recommended modifications on 18 February 2013. It now has full weight as a material consideration when assessing planning applications.||February 2013|
Page last updated 12 June 2015