Oxford Local Plan 2040

Issues Stage

Oxford City Council is embarking on the development a new Local Plan. The Local Plan 2040 will set out the planning strategy for meeting the needs of the city. It will set out where new homes, businesses and community facilities will be built to make Oxford a better place to live, work and visit. It will also look at how we can protect the things that make Oxford special such as open space, ecological habitat and areas of heritage. It will guide how development happens, helping to support the transition towards a zero carbon city, ensuring high quality design, being conscious of health and wellbeing, and addressing inequalities.

Early Stage Issues Consultation

An Early Issues consultation was carried out between August and September 2021.  This took the form of a short questionnaire that invited views on what should be considered the most important issues facing the residents of Oxford.  The areas of focus were the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the response to the climate emergency, overcoming inequalities, local neighbourhoods and the environment.  We also produced an Issues Paper, in which we identified specific issues we believe the Local Plan could help address.  The paper concludes with a proposed vision and set of objectives for the new Local Plan, based on the issues raised throughout the paper.  This was also consulted on, through a set of in-depth questions inteded to help guide responses to the Issues paper.   The Issues Paper is supported by a number of Topic Papers that set out in depth the background and current situation for a number of relevant subject areas as they relate to the Oxford context, and describe possible future scenarios if a new plan is not prepared.

We have collated and analysed the responses, and have produced a summary of our findings:

Report on Public Consultation - Issues Stage

Summary of Comments Received - Appendix 3

The next step in the process is a consultation on policy options and potential development sites, which we expect to take place during the summer of 2022.

Sustainability Appraisal

The purpose of the sustainability appraisal process is to appraise the social, environmental and economic effects of a plan from the outset. It inform decisions by assessing the likely positive and negative impacts of options, policies and sites across a wide range of topics. It therefore performs a key role in providing a sound evidence base for the plan and forms an integrated part of the plan preparation process.

View the Sustainability Scoping Report;

For the issues stage we have produced a scoping report, the purpose of which is to provide to provide background evidence for subsequent stages of assessment. You can comment on this scoping report by responding the relevant question in the Issues Paper Questions [link], or by sending your comments by email or post using the contact details above. The scoping report will be regularly reviewed to reflect any comments received and results of additional studies carried out as part of the plan making process.

Call for Sites

The Call for Sites is an opportunity for landowners, developers, agents, individuals and other interested parties to suggest sites within or partially within Oxford City Council’s administrative boundary which are considered to have potential for development, and to let us know when they may be available for development. We are welcoming the submission of potential sites for a wide range of uses.

Sites can be greenfield or previously developed (brownfield) land. There is no maximum or minimum size of site at this stage. However, please do not submit separate parcels which adjoin or overlap- we need only to see the full extent of available land for the assessment. We encourage those submitting large scale sites to work collaboratively with adjoining landowners/promoters, where appropriate, to ensure that a coordinated and comprehensive approach is taken in establishing their development potential.

Each site submission will require the completion of a separate form.

For information about how to complete the form we have prepared a guidance note.

Further details about the Call for Sites are set out in the accompanying Frequently Asked Questions.

Duty to Cooperate Scoping Statement

The Duty to cooperate scoping statement seeks to identify the issues which the Oxford Local Plan 2040 will need to address that are likely to be strategic matters and which therefore fall under the duty to co-operate. It also seeks to identify those bodies with which co-operation may be necessary. This is a draft Scoping Strategy for consultation with key stakeholders. Those stakeholders are the bodies identified as being key duty to co-operate partners. If you consider that we have missed a duty to cooperate body, please contact us using the email address or phone number above.  This document is the first step towards undertaking the duty in relation to Oxford’s Local Plan processes. It will be updated as the project continues and as discussions progress and evidence is produced.


If you have difficulty accessing any of these documents please email at planningpolicy@oxford.gov.uk or call the Planning Policy team on 01865 252847.