Local development frameworks

A1/048 - Issue date - Under review

Process for dealing with district council consultations to identify land for development.

Schedule of Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) properties

1. Obtain a list of all OCC properties located in the area under consideration;

2. A list can be obtained from the Information and Support Team in Property Services as follows:

  • OCC owned land
  • OCC owned land, but leased out

Review of properties

3. Review the lists in paragraph 2 above against known strategies in order to identify a schedule of potentially surplus property.

4. Consult with colleagues in Property Services and Mouchel as necessary to assist in compiling the 'first draft' of the schedule.

5. The schedule should be based on the format shown attached (subject to any specific requirements of the consultation). See Site allocations internal consultation template - D4/14. All properties should be considered, with comments added as to whether they are potentially surplus over the period of the consultation.

Internal circulation / consultation

6. Circulate the draft schedule to all service directorate property contacts (an up-to-date list is held by the SAM Team in Property Services), asking for confirmation that the sites identified are suitable for submission. Ask whether there are any other sites that may become surplus as part of emerging strategies.

7. Copy the schedule to the Land Use team (in the Planning Implementation Group, Sustainable Development, E&E), asking for confirmation that none of the sites conflict with strategic planning policies.

8. Incorporate service directorate comments into schedule and circulate for comment to the Head of Property, Team Leader (SAM Team) and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Property.


9. Once final schedule has been agreed, make the necessary submissions using the method prescribed by the district council. This will usually be by way of a proforma and plan for each site. Do not elect to submit sites confidentially (if given the option) without first considering the possibility of the site identities being released under the Freedom of Information Acts.

10. Copy all submissions for the file.


11. Consider at what stage the consultant is commissioned to assist with this work. If resources and workload dictate, it may be appropriate to commission them at Stage 1 to undertake the whole process, or it may be more appropriate to commission at a later stage. A suggested checklist for completion of the submissions, is included in Local plan consultant's template - D4/15.