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Press Release - Hearing dates set for reconvening of Local Plan Examination

For immediate release Date: 20 March 2017

Hearing dates set for reconvening of Local Plan Examination
West Oxfordshire District Council’s Local Plan examination hearing is set to reconvene in May.
Two separate sessions will be held, the first from Tuesday 9 May and the second from Tuesday 11 July. Both hearings will be held at the Council's Woodgreen offices in Witney.
Planning Inspector Malcolm Rivett BA (Hons) MSc MRTPI has been appointed to conduct the examination and he will determine whether or not the plan is ‘sound’ in light of the representations received and national policy.
Mr Rivett will publish further guidance by 27 March including:
What will be discussed at each stage;
The procedures; and
When individuals and organisations need to register if they would like to speak at the hearings.
Cllr Jeff Haine, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Economy, said: “It is vital that we get an adopted Local Plan in place as soon as possible otherwise the district will continue to be at risk from speculative housing applications.
“We are confident that we have taken into account the Planning Inspectorates’ requirements, including the request that we accommodate some of Oxford City’s unmet housing need, and we believe what we are putting forward is the best for West Oxfordshire.”
Further information on the process and copies of the documents that have been submitted are available on the Council’s local plan webpage at www.westoxon.gov.uk/localplan2031
Notes for editors
The District Council first formally submitted its draft Local Plan to Government for independent examination by the Planning Inspectorate in July 2015.
The subsequent examination hearing was suspended in January 2016 following recommendations by the Planning Inspector that elements of the Plan should be reconsidered, including the overall housing target.
As a result, council planners undertook a range of further work and consulted on proposed changes to the Plan.
Responses were received from around 1,000 individuals and organisations during the 6-week consultation stage which ran from 11 November until 23 December 2016. These were submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for consideration on 10 March 2017, together with the proposed modifications and a range of supporting documents.
Further information: Communications: t: 01993 861615, e: communications@westoxon.gov.uk