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The proposed new Cherwell Local Plan (2006-2031) was submitted to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for formal Examination on 31st January 2014.
A timetable for preparing key planning policy documents is set out in the Local Development Scheme May 2014 (376kb).
The public Examination hearings into the Submission Local Plan were suspended on 4 June 2014 for six months. This was to enable the Council to put forward proposed modifications to the Plan involving increased new housing delivery over the plan period to meet the full, up to date, objectively assessed needs of the district, as required by the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and based on the Oxfordshire Strategic Housing Market Assessment (2014) (SHMA).
The Proposed Modifications to the Submission Cherwell Local Plan now covers the period 2011 - 2031 to reflect the 2014 SHMA.
The Local Plan will in due course be supported by a Part 2 Local Plan which will contain detailed planning policies for considering planning applications and non-strategic site allocations. This was previously known as the Local Neighbourhoods DPD and Development Management DPD which has now been merged into a single DPD.
The District also has two existing Local Plans:
1. Adopted Cherwell Local Plan 1996
2. Non-Statutory Local Plan 2011
The saved policies of the adopted Cherwell Local Plan 1996 and Policy H2 (Upper Heyford) of the former Oxfordshire Structure Plan 2016 remain part of the statutory Development Plan.