Statement in response to inspectors’ comments at conclusion of Local Plan hearings

Published: Thursday, 19th December 2019

Statement in response to inspectors’ comments at conclusion of Local Plan hearings

Councillor Alex Hollingsworth, Cabinet Member for Planning and Sustainable Transport, said: “We were very pleased to hear the inspectors’ positive preliminary responses to our Oxford Local Plan 2036 following three weeks of public examination hearings. Our City Council planning officers have spent many thousands of hours carefully preparing the evidence for the plans and policies we submitted, and it was a pleasure to hear the inspectors’ praise for their professionalism, depth of knowledge and expertise.

“We have always aimed to strike the right balance in the Local Plan between the competing needs of housing, communities, the environment and our local economy. We’ve worked positively with our neighbouring councils to reach this point and we look forward to continuing to do that as the Local Plan moves towards adoption as soon as possible.”