NEWS: Breaking news! October 10, 2019

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Government tells SODC it cannot scrap its Local Plan as planned tonight

Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has written to to Cllr Sue Cooper, Leader for South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC), because of SODC’s Cabinet decision to “recommend withdrawing the emerging SODC Local Plan”.

Robert Jenrick MP goes on to say “I hereby direct South Oxfordshire District Council not to take any step in connection with adoption of the plan, while I consider the matter further.”

SODC leadership changed as a result of local elections in May 2019, with many new Councillors being elected on the basis of being anti-expressway and wanting to reduce the housing targets in SODC Local Plan, which many consider higher than warranted. This would put the Oxford Housing and Growth Deal in jeopardy.

As a result of Robert Jenrick’s letter, the 39 people lined up to speak at tonight’s SODC meeting about the Local Plan were told they could not do so and that there was to be no debate. Nothing like democracy in action!

If this is how the Government manages a democratic challenge to housing targets in one county, how dictatorial will they be about the 1 million homes along the Ox-Cam Arc?


The community are angry and it has been big news on Twitter, the BBC and Oxford Mail and Oxford Times. Here’s just a couple of tweets!

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Olivia Fieldnews, october 19