Oxford Local Plan 2036 Main Modifications Consultation – now open
The Schedule of Main Modifications for the Local Plan 2036 has been published for consultation.
The consultation period runs from Friday 14 February 2020 to 4pm on Friday 27 March 2020.
We value your views on the modifications proposed, to find more information about this consultation and provide a representation please visit our Main Modifications Consultation page.
Hearing Sessions closed on 19 December 2019. The Inspectors' Interim conclusions have been submitted to the Council:
Correspondence between Oxford City Council and the Inspectors
Correspondence exchanged between the Inspectors and the City Council surrounding the Inspectors' initial questions and comments can be found in the Inspectors Correspondence folder of the examination library. This includes the latest schedule of modifications that have emerged from the correspondence exchanges.
- OCC.3A - Council's Draft Schedule of Proposed Main Modifications (Updated 18.12.19)
- IC.4 - Further Inspectors' Questions to Council re Heritage and City Centre
- OCC.4 - Response to IC.4
- IC.5 - Modifications to SP10
- OCC.5 - SP10 Modification
- IC.6 - Inspectors' Further Questions re Policy V4
- OCC.6 - Council's response to IC.6
- IC.7 - Inspectors' response to OCC and NHS Trust SoCG
- IC.8 - Inspectors' Questions re Delivery
- OCC.8 - Response to IC.8 Housing Delivery (and appendicies 1, 2, 3 and 4)
- IC.9 - Inspectors' Interim Conclusions
The latest documents can be found in the following folders:
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).
The Inspectors’ task is to consider the soundness of the submitted Plan, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 35 of the National Planning Policy Framework 2019 (the Framework). The relevant soundness criteria are whether the Plan is:
- Positively prepared (providing a strategy which, as a minimum, seeks to meet the area’s objectively assessed needs; and is informed by agreements with other authorities, so that unmet need from neighbouring areas is accommodated where it is practical to do so and is consistent with achieving sustainable development);
- Justified (an appropriate strategy, taking into account the reasonable alternatives, and based on proportionate evidence);
- Effective (deliverable over the plan period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic matters that have been dealt with rather than deferred, as evidenced by the statement of common ground); and
- Consistent with national policy (enabling the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the Framework).
The Inspectors will take into account the representations submitted upon the Proposed Submission Plan as far as they relate to soundness considerations. A number of informal debates will take place on the principal matters identified by the Inspector. These are termed Hearing Sessions.
At the end of the Examination, the Inspectors will prepare a report to the City Council with precise recommendations, these recommendations may include modifications to the Plan, if such a request is made by the Council.
Guidance Notes have been prepared by the Inspectors to help people understand the process. Any queries people may have regarding the Examination process should be directed to the Programme Officer who will be happy to assist.
The Programme Officer
The Programme Officer, Ian Kemp, will act as the contact for any person who has an interest in the Examination and as a liaison between the Inspectors, Council and Representors.
He is an independent Officer of the Examination and works on behalf of the Inspectors to organise and manage the administrative and procedural elements of the Examination process. All statements will also be submitted through him.
Any matters that anyone wishes to raise with the Inspector should be submitted via the Programme Officer.
Ian Kemp, PO BOX 241, Droitwich, WR9 1DW
Mobile: 0772 300 9166
Email: [email protected]
Hearing Sessions Venue and Timetable
Hearing Sessions concluded on 19th December 2019. The final agenda can be found in the Examination Library here.
The following written statements have been received in response to the Inspectors’ Matters, Issues and Questions:
- Matter 1 - Housing Requirement
- Matter 2 - Housing Capacity
- Matter 3 - Green Belt
- Matter 4 - Housing Delivery
- Matter 5 - Housing for Groups
- Matter 6 (A-L) - Sites (Updated 12.12.19)
Evidence Base Documents
In preparing the Plan the Council both refer to and were informed by a number of documents that together form the 'Evidence Base' for the Examination.
Documents submitted during the course of the Examination can be accessed within section 20 of the Evidence Base Documents.