Published: Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Oxford City Council has adopted its Oxford Local Plan 2036 after councillors voted to ratify the plan at full Council on Monday night (8 June).

The vote followed an agreement by independent planning inspectors last month that the proposed plan was sound.

The 2036 Local Plan sets out a new framework underpinning all planning applications in Oxford over the next 16 years. It includes action to build new homes, tackle the climate emergency, create stronger communities and support Oxford’s economy through new jobs.

“Monday’s vote is the culmination of years of hard work and extensive consultation with residents and stakeholders to help ensure a successful future for the city we live in, work in and love.   

“Our new Local Plan determines how we will deliver the new homes, jobs, community facilities and infrastructure that Oxford needs over the next 16 years. It includes nearly 11,000 new homes within city boundaries, ambitious carbon reduction plans and providing high quality jobs within local communities – not just the city centre. At the same time, we aim to preserve the things that make Oxford special now, from our world famous heritage to our network of parks, green spaces and waterways.

“The Local Plan needs to respect our city’s past even as it shapes its future. That is what we are setting out to achieve and I’m very pleased we’ve agreed to adopt the 2036 Local Plan.”

Councillor Alex Hollingsworth, Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing Delivery

Anyone who has difficulty in accessing the adopted Local Plan online can contact Carolyn Ploszynski (planning policy and place manager) for help on 01865 252847 or by emailing  

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