Oxford Local Plan 2016-2036

Oxford Local Plan Examination

Planning Inspectors Jonathan Bore MRTPI and Nick Fagan BSc(Hons) DipTP MRTPI have been appointed to undertake an independent examination into the soundness of the Oxford City Local Plan (the Plan).

For more details about the examination, please see the Examination page

Oxford Local Plan 2016-2036 Submission

The Local Plan is a vital document that sets out the shape of our city, and how it will look and feel in years to come. It will guide and shape new developments, so that they respect the past and present of Oxford, while improving its future by supporting our city’s people and their environment.

This new Local Plan will determine the homes, jobs, community facilities, and infrastructure for the next twenty years; striking the right balance between the different pressures that Oxford and its people face. It also sets out our priorities as a city.

It makes a priority of providing affordable housing and good quality jobs. It focuses growth and development on district centres - not just on the city centre - to make sure that facilities and services are close to home and more convenient for local residents. It encourages and prioritises walking, cycling, and public transport to help tackle congestion and pollution and make our city healthier.

A Local Plan needs to respect the city of previous generations while shaping the city of the generations to come. That is what the Oxford Local Plan 2016-2036 aims to achieve.

As part of the process of developing a new Local Plan, on 22 March 2019, Oxford City Council submitted the Oxford Local Plan 2016-2036 to the Planning Inspectorate (an executive agency of the Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government) along with an accompanying letter. The Statement of Submission outlines the location and availability of the Oxford Local Plan 2036 and supporting documents. 

The Planning Inspectorate will assign an Inspector to review and examine Oxford's proposed Local Plan before Oxford City Council is able to adopt it.

As part of the submission to the Planning Inspectorate, a comprehensive library of all the documentation and evidence supporting the Local Plan has been compiled. This library is available for public review on our website.

Please visit our Oxford Local Plan 2016-2036 Examination library

Once adopted, the Oxford Local Plan 2016-2036 will replace the Oxford Local Plan 2001-2016, the Core Strategy 2026, the Sites and Housing Plan, and the Policies Map 2013.

Previous Local Plan Consultation Documents

All documentation and evidence work from previous stages of the development of the Oxford Local Plan 2016-2036 (including the First Steps consultation of 2016, the Preferred Options consultation of 2017, and the Regulation 19 consultation of 2018) are available online. They can be found on our Local Plan documents page.