Cherwell District Council’s Consultation Portal can be accessed here.
Details of South Oxfordshire District Council's current consultations can be found here.
West Oxfordshire District Council consultations website
Vale of White Horse District Council consultations website
Local Government in Oxfordshire: Consultation Tracker
Consultation tracker is a database of all County and District consultations. Using the consultation tracker you can:
- find out when the consultations are taking place
- find out who to contact to have your say
- view the archive of consultations and research reports.
The consultation database is updated regularly on the County Website (www.oxfordshire.gov.uk). If you cannot find your consultation please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
See National News section as well, for items which may be news as well as consultations.
The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) refresh is primarily focused on housing and ways to deliver the government’s target of 300,000 homes per annum. It includes a standardised methodology for calculating housing need and contains – amongst other things – policies on housing delivery tests, affordable housing, home ownership, densification and design. It also contains a proposal that Local Plans and other strategic plans are reviewed “at least once every five years”, bringing with it the requirement for a renewal of Neighbourhood Plans at the same time, and it strengthens the ‘duty to cooperate’ imposed on principal authorities and requires them to prepare statements of common ground.
The housing White Paper “Fixing our broken housing market” sets out a comprehensive strategy to tackle the housing shortage. This comprised planning for the right homes in the right places, building homes faster, diversifying the market and helping people now. Further detail on a number of these reforms was set out in “Planning for the right homes in the right places” in September 2017.
The Government is announcing further progress on turning this strategy into reality, comprising a draft new National Planning Policy Framework building on the first Framework published in 2012. The draft new Framework implements the Government’s reforms to planning policy. The Government is currently consulting on the proposals in the draft Framework; and the Government intends to publish
the final Framework before the summer. The main consultation document is here
The Committee on Standards in Public Life has recently launched a consultation as part of its review into local government ethical standards. The terms of reference of the review are to examine the structures, processes and practices in local government in England for:
assessing whether the existing structures, processes and practices are conducive to high standards of conduct in local government, making any recommendations for how they can be improved, noting any evidence of intimidation of councillors, and making recommendations for any measures that could be put in place to prevent and address such intimidation.
NALC will be responding to this consultation. The main consultation document is available here.
PC05-18 NALC policy briefing is in the Members Area and sets out the main consultation questions.
NALC have developed a survey to provide qualitative evidence to inform its response to the review. The survey for local councils is available here.
See Local News section as well, for items which may be news as well as consultations.
Earlier this year the police service presented a strong case to Government for additional resources to help mitigate the key pressures on police time coming from rising overall crime levels, more complex crimes being committed, a growing terrorist threat and, more than ever, the police being called on as a last resort when other agencies lack their own capacity.
The Home Secretary has clearly listened and has announced a substantial £450 million increase in police funding. This includes £270 million to be raised from local taxpayers if all Police and Crime Commissioners, including myself, raise council tax by £12 per year (this is what the cost would be for a Band D property, costs for other Bands can be found on the next page or in the link to the background information below)
Thames Valley Police has already removed nearly £100 million from its revenue budget and has recently been graded ‘Outstanding’ by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) in the efficiency with which it keeps people safe, reduces crime, understands its demand and manages its resources including money.
Raising council tax by £12 a year will enable me to balance the 2018/19 budget without the need for further budget cuts and will allow investment in priority policing services such as the protection of vulnerable people, increased detection capability and will also provide our police officers and staff with the right equipment to do their jobs efficiently and effectively.
Ideally I would not choose to consult over the busy Christmas and New Year period and particularly on such an important issue, however, the Chief Constable and I only received the provisional police grant settlement for 2018/19 from the Home Office on Tuesday 19th December. Unfortunately due to budget decisions needing to be finalised by the end of January I am only able to run the consultation until midday on Thursday 11th January. I apologise for the timing and length of the consultation period but I hope you will take the time to complete the survey which will help the Chief Constable and I to make an informed decision on the budget for 2018/19.
Further background information, can be found on the Thames Valley PCC website
Re: Oxfordshire Minerals and Waste Local Plan: Part 2 Site Allocations: Informal Consultation and Renewed Call for Site Nominations
Oxfordshire County Council adopted the Oxfordshire Minerals and Waste Local Plan: Part 1 – Core Strategy on the 12th September 2017. This plan sets out the vision, objectives, spatial planning strategy and policies for meeting development requirements for the supply of minerals and the management of waste in Oxfordshire over the period to 2031.
The Council is now commencing preparation of the Oxfordshire Minerals and Waste Local Plan: Part 2 – Site Allocations. The timetable for the preparation of this plan is set out in the Oxfordshire Minerals and Waste Development Scheme (Eighth Revision) December 2017.
As part of the initial preparation of the Site Allocations plan, we have prepared a draft Site Assessment Methodology for the selection of sites for allocation and a draft Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report (incorporating the requirements of Strategic Environmental Assessment). The draft Site Assessment Methodology includes a Renewed Call for Site Nominations. We are currently seeking comments on these draft documents and inviting nominations for sites to be included in the plan. These documents are outlined below.
Draft Site Assessment Methodology
This document sets out the methodology we propose to use to assess sites for possible allocation in the Site Allocations plan. It also includes details and information requirements for operators, landowners and others who wish to nominate potential sites to be included in the selection process.
Renewed Call for Site Nominations
We are currently inviting nominations for sites to be considered for possible allocation in the Site Allocations plan. If you have a site that you would like to be considered for possible allocation, please fill out the relevant form included in the Site Assessment Methodology and return it to the minerals and waste policy team at the address below. If you have previously nominated a site, please look at this document to check that the information we hold is still correct and what further information we may now need you to provide. Site nominations should be submitted by 2nd March 2018; please note this is two weeks after the deadline for comments on the proposed Site Assessment Methodology.
Further information and the nomination forms can be found here:
Draft Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report (incorporating the requirements of Strategic Environmental Assessment)
This document comprises Stage A of the Sustainability Appraisal process – setting the context and objectives, establishing the baseline and deciding on the scope. It identifies other relevant policies, plans and programmes, includes baseline information, and identifies sustainability issues, problems and objectives in order to develop the sustainability appraisal framework.
We are currently seeking views on the content of these documents. This consultation will run for six weeks from 8th January – 16th February 2018. Further information, and the consultation documents can be found here:
If you would like to make comments on these documents, you can do so in one of the following ways:
Planning and Place
Oxfordshire County Council
County Hall, New Road, Oxford
Please ensure your comments reach us by 5pm on Friday 16th February 2018. This is not a statutory consultation, but the feedback we receive on these documents will be used to inform the preparation of issues and options for the Site Allocations plan, for consultation later this year.
You are being contacted because we believe you have an interest in the preparation of the Oxfordshire Minerals and Waste Local Plan: Part 2 – Site Allocations. If you would prefer not to be contacted in the future in relation to the preparation of this plan, please advise the minerals and waste policy team in one of the following ways:
Telephone: 07557 082573 or 07392 318899
Post: Minerals and Waste Policy Team
Planning and Place
Oxfordshire County Council
County Hall, New Road, Oxford
Minerals and Waste Policy Team
Council proposes future budget from a resilient position
Oxfordshire County Council is planning to set a new budget having made difficult choices in previous years to manage a combination of squeezed budgets and the fact that more people need council services.
Since 2010 the council has managed reductions in finances available at the same time as rises in demand for services - especially in children’s social care and adult social care.
At the same time the council has in recent years been involving communities ever more in services for their locality - ranging from support for older people and those with learning disabilities to library volunteers.
The net result is that the council’s finances are in a resilient position looking ahead to the 2018/19 financial year and planning for years up to 2022.
The council has used its agreed vision for the future – supporting thriving people, a thriving economy and thriving communities - as the basis on which proposals have been made for the 2018/19 financial year and the plan for the three financial years which follow.
Although proposed budget changes are not as extensive as in many previous years since 2010, like any organisation the council still has rising financial pressures that need to be matched by new savings so that a balanced budget can be proposed.
The council has identified £21m of new financial pressures – including some previously planned savings with which it no longer wants to proceed and some new areas of spending which are proposed.
Members of the public and stakeholders can comment on the budget proposals and Council Tax level through the Council’s website at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/budget and paper copies of the consultation document will also be made available in libraries.
The consultation will close at 23.59 on 8th January 2018.