Published: Thursday, 11 April 2024

Oxford City Council has sent its Local Plan 2040 to government planning inspectors for examination.

The Local Plan 2040 will guide all planning decisions in Oxford for the next 16 years. It is underpinned by an extensive evidence base and four rounds of public consultation. 

Submitted on 28 March, the plan includes: 

  • a draft of the Local Plan 

  • a copy of all representations received during the final round of public consultation between November 2023 and January 2024  

  • a schedule of proposed modifications to the plan based on the consultation 

  • the evidence base and other supporting documents 


The Planning Inspectorate has appointed two inspectors to hold an independent examination of the plan. 

Their role is to decide whether the Local Plan 2040 meets with national planning policy and other legal requirements. 

Next steps 

The Planning Inspectorate will manage the examination process and timetable. The Council expects a public examination will take place towards the end of this year. 

The Local Plan 2040 could be adopted in the summer of 2025, when it will replace the existing Local Plan 2036. 

Find out more about the Local Plan 2040 

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