Council delays work on local plan in response to climate emergency declaration

Planners at an Oxfordshire council have delayed work on their local plan while they explore the ramifications of the council’s climate change emergency declaration.

In May, the Conservatives lost control of South Oxfordshire Council to a Liberal Democrat and Green coalition, which was elected on a platform of opposition to the South Oxfordshire Local Plan 2034, drawn up by the previous administration.

The submitted plan proposes the delivery of 22,775 new homes by 2033 and has allocated 37.5 hectares of employment land.

But in July, the new council asked its planning officers to explore options for revising the plan to address its concerns, including climate change issues and Oxford City’s unmet housing need, with input from Oxfordshire County Council, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and Homes England. 

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