To build homes, tackle the climate emergency, support communities and create new jobs agreed by Planning Inspectors
Oxford’s Local Plan to build more genuinely affordable homes, tackle the climate emergency, create stronger communities and support the economy has been agreed by independent Planning Inspectors.
Following years of evidence gathering, several rounds of public consultation, and a thorough and independent inspection process that included public hearings in December, the Oxford Local Plan 2036 has now been found sound by the Planning Inspectorate with the modifications that were consulted upon earlier this year.
The Planning Inspectorate, which is impartial and objective, examines whether or not the Local Plan is ‘sound’ – i.e. whether or not there is compelling evidence underpinning each policy, and whether or not each policy meets national planning guidelines.
The Local Plan now only needs to be approved by the City Council’s full council before it becomes the new framework underpinning all planning applications in Oxford over the next 16 years.
A full council meeting to discuss the Local Plan is scheduled for Monday 8 June.
Oxford Local Plan 2036 includes:
• Defining where nearly 11,000 new homes will be built within Oxford’s boundaries
• Ambitious carbon reduction policies that, using incremental increases, will see all new residential developments constructed in Oxford be zero carbon by 2030
• Focus of town centre uses on the city centre, district and local centres – including Cowley Centre, Summertown, Headington, East Oxford (Cowley Road) and Blackbird Leys – to both increase the density and height of buildings, and strengthen neighbourhoods by encouraging new community, leisure and cultural assets
• Protecting and enhancing both Oxford’s heritage, particularly the historic buildings within Oxford city centre, and the city’s vital network of parks, open space and waterways
• Supporting business by encouraging the modernisation and intensification of Oxford’s existing science and business parks
The approval that the Oxford Local Plan 2036 is sound came in a final report from Planning Inspectors Jonathan Bore and Nick Fagan.
In their report, Mr Bore and Mr Fagan said: “Oxford is a busy, successful city and the Plan seeks to strike a balance between the needs of its many important land uses such as housing, employment, educational, recreational, community and other uses, whilst at the same time protecting the character of the city.”
Oxford residents can read the full report from the independent Planning Inspectors by visiting: www.oxford.gov.uk/oxfordlocalplan.