One of the key findings of the SHMA was that Oxford City did not have the capacity within its boundaries to accommodate all its housing need. Planning law requires that if a district council cannot meet its housing need then its neighbouring councils have a Duty to Co-operate in helping to meet this need. The way in which the councils of Oxfordshire will meet this Duty to Co-operate is through this work programme which is designed to provide evidence about the strategic options for housing growth for the councils to then consider in their respective Local Plans.
The Post SHMA Strategic Work Programme comprises a number of projects to examine what the best spatial options for growth might be across the County. The Programme will not make decisions on where housing growth should go as this is the responsibility of District Councils in their Local Plans. However the Programme will provide a comprehensive, county-wide evidence base that informs these Local Plans.