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Decision details

Revised Council Plan

Decision Maker: Cabinet (for meetings after 18 January 2023 see "Executive"), Council

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Councillor Andy Graham, Leader of the Council, introduced the Revised Council Plan for 2023-2027, which is being developed in order to succeed the previous plan that covered the period 2020-2024.

Councillor Graham explained to the meeting the purpose of the plan, and explained that the plan had gone through an extensive consultation period, as well as being scrutinised by the Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committees. Councillor Graham stated that he was very pleased to see that public recommendations had been incorporated into the plan, and that overall approval of the plan would be sought at the next Council meeting.

In May 2022 there was a change of administration at the District Council and in July 2022, it was agreed that in light of the changing context in which the Council Plan 2020–2024 was developed (not least by the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic) that a review of the Council Plan would be appropriate.

The West Oxfordshire Council Plan 2023-2027 presents five new strategic priorities for the District which reflect the wide ranging issues and challenges requiring focus and attention over the immediate and longer term. The Council Plan has been discussed by the Overview and Scrutiny Committees to enable their views and insights to be taken into account in the finalisation of the document ahead of adoption of the Council Plan by Council in early 2023.

Councillor Duncan Enright, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Economic Development, thanked the work of the Council’s Chief Executive Officer, Giles Hughes; Astrid Harvey, Strategic Policy and Partnerships Officer who authored the report; Members of the Council’s Scrutiny Committees, and the engagement of Town & Parish Councils in bringing this plan to fruition.

Councillor Graham proposed to agree the Revised Council Plan and its adoption by Council. This was seconded by Councillor Duncan Enright, and was agreed unanimously by Cabinet.


Cabinet Resolved to:

a) endorse the Draft West Oxfordshire Council Plan 2023-2027 and recommends its adoption by the Council, subject to any amendments, as appropriate, to take into account resolutions arising from the Overview and Scrutiny Committees.

b) grant delegated authority to the Chief Executive in consultation with the Leader to make amendments to the Draft as above prior to consideration by Council.

Publication date: 13/01/2023

Date of decision: 11/01/2023

Decided at meeting: 11/01/2023 - Cabinet (for meetings after 18 January 2023 see "Executive")

Effective from: 21/01/2023

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