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Welcome to the Interactive Local Plan

The Cherwell Local Plan has been made into an interactive document for the ease of visitors to the Council's web site. You may now find details of the Plan in two ways’:-

  • Entry via the Proposals Map and the insets maps of the villages of the District. By clicking on the map over a point of interest the text will be shown automatically; OR
  • Entry through the text of the document, which will, using links, take the visitor through the various chapters of the plan.

A comprehensive help page explains how to 'Navigating around the Local Plan document'.

Cherwell Local Plan coverThis document has been re-titled as “the Non-Statutory Cherwell Local Plan 2011” from its previous title “the Cherwell Local Plan 2011”. The reasons for this are explained in the following paragraphs.

On 13 December 2004 the Council decided to discontinue work on the draft Cherwell Local Pan 2011 and has begun preparing a Local Development Framework (LDF) under the new planning system.

The Council also decided on this date to approve the draft Cherwell Local Plan 2011 as interim policy. The text of this Plan, the Proposal Map and the Inset Maps have been updated since the production of the Revised Deposit draft September 2002 to reflect the Pre-inquiry Changes made to the Revised Deposit draft Plan, and the decisions made by the Council following consideration of the representations to the Pre-inquiry Changes. Its contents are up to date as of the 13 December 2004. There are parts of the Plan that are no longer relevant such as parts of the Introduction.

On 13 December 2004, following the consideration of all representations received to the proposed Pre-Inquiry Changes to the draft Cherwell Local Plan 2011, and the approval of further changes, Cherwell District Council resolved:

  • that all work necessary to proceed towards the statutory adoption of the draft Cherwell Local Plan 2011 be discontinued and,
  • that the draft Cherwell local Plan 2011 be approved as Interim Policy for development control purposes and
  • that work begins at the earliest practicable opportunity on the preparation of Development Plan Documents pursuant to Part Two of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 and meeting in full the requirements of the Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004.

The reasons why this decision was made are as follows:

  • To avoid the commitment of resources to the remaining stages of a process that may end with a failure to adopt the draft Cherwell Local Plan 2011 as the local plan for legal reasons due to timescales imposed by the Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004;
  • If the Draft Cherwell Local Plan 2011 were to be adopted as the local plan, by the date of the intended adoption in 2006 it would be substantially out of date, having been overtaken by the approval of the Oxfordshire Structure Plan 2016.

A detailed explanation of this decision is contained within a report to the Executive of 1 November 2004 which is available for inspection at the Council's offices at Bodicote House, Banbury Oxfordshire OX15 4AA or on the Council's website at http://www.cherwell.gov.uk

This decision means that a public local inquiry into objections made to the draft Cherwell Local Plan 2011 will no longer take place. The policies and proposals in the draft Cherwell Local Plan 2011 have not been the subject of all of the statutory local plan preparation procedures, including the public local inquiry, and they do not therefore have development plan status. However, they will be an important material consideration amongst all other relevant considerations in deciding planning applications. As stated above the draft Cherwell Local Plan 2011 has now been re-titled the as “the Non-Statutory Cherwell Local Plan 2011”.

The adopted Cherwell Local Plan (adopted November 1996) remains part of the statutory Development Plan for the area. Its policies will be ‘saved' (i.e. they will continue to operate), except where deleted by the Local Development Scheme (LDS) (see below) or the Council's Annual Monitoring Report, until September 2007. The Secretary of State may extend the life of the saved policies beyond that date.

The Council has started work on a Local Development Framework (LDF) under the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. A Local Development Scheme (LDS) (which is part of the Local Development Framework) was produced in draft form and sent to the Government Office by the required deadline in March 2005. It sets out the Council's programme for the preparation of Local Development Documents (LDD'S), including Development Plan Documents (DPD's). The LDS is currently (June 2005) being finalised thorough discussion with the Government Office. The LDS will be amended in future, when necessary, in connection with the Government Office.