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Glanville participates in historic Examination in Public

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The first ever Local Plan Examination in Public to be held virtually starts today and Glanville is taking part. A Government Inspector will hear evidence from professionals and local residents to determine the soundness of the South Oxfordshire Local Plan 2034.

This is the first time a hearing will be held via Microsoft Teams in order to overcoming the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 epidemic.  The general public and property professionals will be able to watch the hearings as they would at a physical hearing and to keep up with proceedings in real time by watching the proceedings live on YouTube.

The South Oxfordshire Local Plan 2034 sets out SODC’s vision for development up to 2034. The Local Plan set out SODC’s vision for development up to 2034.  It identifies where housing, retail and employment land should be located as well as the infrastructure required to support this growth, such as new roads, schools, health services and utilities.

The SODC Local Plan 2034 has already been the subject of much controversy, having been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate on March 29 2019 just prior to local elections at which the political makeup of the council changed. The new council disagreed with the number of homes the Local Plan sought to provide over the plan period and also the impact of development in the Green Belt and environmental protections. On 3 March 2020 the Secretary of State directed South Oxfordshire District Council to progress the plan through examination to be adopted by December 2020.

Tim Foxall, Glanville’s Director Transport & Highways will be speaking at the virtual Examination representing CEG, who are proposing a site for 3,500 homes at Culham.