West Oxfordshire Local Plan and Development Issues
WODC have now produced their latest update on the Local Development Framework which you can view here.
Woodstock East Proposal Refused by West Oxfordshire District Council
and Cherwell District Council
and Cherwell District Council
The saga of the planning application known as Woodstock East or
as described by Cherwell District Council, Land South of Perdiswell
Farm, Shipton Road in the parish of Shipton-upon-Cherwell and Thrupp has
now been heavily rejected by both West Oxfordshire and Cherwell District
In summary, the objections to the planning application were:-
- The extent of the proposed development
- Non-compliance with strategic transport objectives as proposed at County level,
- National Heritage issues Adjacent the World Heritage Site of Blenheim
- Loss of open space between Woodstock and Bladon,
- Impact on the existing protected landscape,
- Failure of the design to formula a logical complement to Woodstock,
- Contrary to Cherwell's Local Plan employment strategy,
- Failure to demonstrate proposed sports facilities fit for purpose/accessible/sustainable,
- Light pollution to a rural environment,
- Unsatisfactory recompense for loss of environment through the section 106 legal agreements.
You can download and print a "Save Woodstock"poster here.
See also the independent campaign group’s website http://www.savewoodstock.org/
Since the refusal of the Blenheim proposals, the estate has
recently offered for public consultation a new plan for 280 homes on the
Woodstock East site. These can be viewed at
Since the refusal of the Blenheim proposals, the estate has recently offered for public consultation a new plan for 280 homes on the Woodstock East site. These can be viewed at
Local Plan 2031 Examination - An Update
The plan was submitted on 14th July 2015. Planning Inspector Mr Simon Emerson BSc, DipTP, MRTPI has been appointed to establish whether the Local Plan is "sound", taking into account WODC's representations made earlier in the year as well as national policy.
The first Local Plan hearing session dealing with strategic matters, including the duty to cooperate and housing and employment requirements, was held between Monday 23rd November and Thursday 26th November 2015. The Inspector's preliminary findings were published in December 2015 and are in two parts:
Part 1 deals with the housing requirement, the needs of Oxford City and the duty to cooperate.
Part 2 deals with the housing supply and delivery, affordable housing and requirements for particular housing needs
The findings are available to download from the WODC website at:-
In light of his preliminary findings, WODC wrote to the Inspector asking him to suspend the Local Plan examination, in order for the Council to prepare and consult on necessary changes top the plan, known as "main modifications". In response, the Inspector has agreed to suspend the Local Plan examination until December 2016.
The suspension is necessary to allow the Council the opportiunity to undertake some further work on housing numbers and sites and to address the issue of "unmet" housing need arising from Oxford City. A report determining how this housing should be distributed across Oxfordshire is likely to be published in late summer 2016.
WODC publishes a list of its planning policies against which all applications must be judged. In supporting or objecting to planning applications it is helpful to use these policies as guidance. You can read them here