Main Modifications Consultation

Oxford Local Plan 2036 Main Modifications Consultation 


The Oxford Local Plan 2036 was submitted for examination in March 2019, and public hearings took place in December 2019. 

As part of this examination process, the independent Local Plan inspectors have identified various amendments that they consider necessary to ensure the Plan is 'sound'. These are known as 'Main Modifications'. 

The Council has prepared a schedule setting out the proposed Main Modifications considered necessary for the Local Plan to be found sound. This document, along with an associated Sustainability Appraisal of the Main Modifications are to be consulted upon: 

We invite your comments on the above documents during a 6 week consultation period - from Friday 14 February to Friday 27 March 2020. The comments will be sent to the inspectors via the Programme Officer for consideration in the preparation of their final report on the examination of the Plan.  

To provide your comments please complete an online form by 4pm on Friday 27 March 2020. 

Alternatively, you can download and complete a form, and return it to us via email at [email protected] 

All consultation documents are available to view at our offices at:

Oxford City Council, St Aldates Chambers, 109 St Aldate's, Oxford OX1 1DS 

(Mon-Thur 9am-5pm, Fri 9pm-4:30pm, Weekends and Bank Holidays: Closed

The Schedule of Main Modifications is also available to view in person at:

Oxford Central Library: Information services 2nd Floor of the Central Library in the Westgate Centre

(Mon-Thur  9am-8pm, Fri 9am-5.30pm, Sat 9am-5.30pm)

Headington Library: Bury Knowle Park, North Place, Headington, Oxford

(Mon 9.15am- 1pm, Tue 9.15am-7pm, Wed 9.15am-1pm, Thur 9.15am-7pm, Fri 9.15am-5pm, Sat 9am-4.30pm)

Old Marston Library: Mortimer Hall, Oxford Road, Old Marston, Oxford

(Tue 2pm-5pm, 5.30pm-7pm, Thur 2pm-5pm, 5.30pm-7pm, Fri 10am-12pm, 2pm-5pm, Sat 9.30am-12.30pm)

Blackbird Leys Library: Blackbird Leys Road, Blackbird Leys, Oxford

(Mon 9am-12pm & 1.30pm-5pm, Tue 9am-12pm, Wed 9am-12pm, & 1.30pm-5pm, Thur 9am-12pm & 1.30pm-5pm, Sat 9.30am-12.30pm)

Littlemore Library: Oxford Academy Campus, Sandy Lane West, Littlemore, Oxford

(Mon 2pm-6pm, Tue 2pm-4.30pm, Thur 9.30am-12.30pm & 2pm-4.30pm, Fri 9.30am-12.30pm, Sat 9.30am-1.00pm)

Summertown Library: South Parade, Oxford

(Mon 9.30am-5.00pm, Tue 9.30am-6.30pm, Thur 9.30am-6.30pm, Fri 9.30am-5.00pm, Sat 9am-4.00pm)

Cowley Library: Temple Road, Oxford

(Mon 9.15am-5.30pm, Tue 9.15am-7pm, Wed 9.15am-7pm, Fri 9.15am-5.30pm, Sat 9am-4.30pm)

What you can comment on

You may comment only on the specific changes contained in the Schedule of Main Modifications document. The consultation does not concern those parts of the Local Plan where modifications are not proposed. Comments received that do not relate to a main modification will not be considered. 

If you have submitted representations to previous Local Plan consultations, the Inspectors have considered these during the examination and there is no need to make these again.

Minor Modifications and Policy Map Changes 

At the same time as this consultation, the Council are taking the opportunity to publish some Minor Modifications, a strikethrough version of the Plan and changes to the Policies Map. The Minor Modifications consist of changes such as typographical errors and factual updates, and the Policies Map changes consist of modifications to the map. The strikethrough version of the Plan demonstrates how the Plan will read following the implementation of the Main and Minor Modifications. They do not form part of this consultation, but are provided for completeness:

What happens next

All representations received will be published in full, but with certain personal information removed (you will be asked what information you wish to be made public when completing the consultation form). 

All comments relating to the Main Modifications to the Plan will be submitted to the Inspectors via the Programme Officer. The Inspectors will consider all the comments received and decide whether any further hearings are necessary, or any issues need to be revisited. The Inspectors will then present their final conclusion in a report. If the report concludes that the Local Plan is ‘sound’, the Council can adopt the Local Plan, subject to making the Modifications identified.