South Oxfordshire District Council is holding a special cabinet meeting to discuss leaving the area’s local plan at examination after the housing secretary issued a holding direction preventing its withdrawal.

Because of the holding direction, the council cannot take any steps towards adopting the local plan, which covers the period to 2034.

However, according to a report drafted by the head of planning, Emma Baker, discussions have taken place with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), and the council has received confirmation that Robert Jenrick might be minded to withdraw the holding direction before the cabinet meeting on 5 March. Councillors will therefore be able to consider this report on the local plan without breaching his direction.

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