Consultations

Information about National and Local Consultations

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 consultationsfeedback@oxfordshire.gov.uk.

 

National Consultations

See National News section as well, for items which may be news as well as consultations.

 

National Planning Policy Framework - Consultation

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

Review of Local Government Ethical Standards

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:

  • maintaining codes of conduct for local councillors;
  • investigating alleged breaches fairly and with due process;
  • enforcing codes and imposing sanctions for misconduct;
  • declaring interests and managing conflicts of interest;
  • whistleblowing;

 

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.

 

Local Consultations

See Local News section as well, for items which may be news as well as consultations.

 

Minerals and Waste Local Plan: Part 2 Site Allocations: Informal Consultation and Renewed Call for

 

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:

https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/minerals-sites

https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/waste-sites

 

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:

https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/new-minerals-and-waste-local-plan

If you would like to make comments on these documents, you can do so in one of the following ways:

Planning and Place

Communities

Oxfordshire County Council

County Hall, New Road, Oxford

OX1 1ND

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

Email:             Minerals.WastePlan@Oxfordshire.gov.uk

Post:               Minerals and Waste Policy Team

Planning and Place

Communities

Oxfordshire County Council

County Hall, New Road, Oxford

OX1 1ND

Yours faithfully,

Minerals and Waste Policy Team