A PLAN to build thousands of new homes in South Oxfordshire has been adopted.

The Local Plan had been delayed for more than a year due to an argument between South Oxfordshire District Council and the Government in London.

The Green-Lib Dem run council had wanted to scrap it and write up a new plan, contesting that too many homes were proposed in the plan, many of which are on Green Belt land, which is meant to be preserved countryside.

But the Government ordered the council to pass the plan by the end of 2020.

At its final meeting of the year held last night, SODC has adopted the plan.

After a heated debate, the council voted in favour of adopting the plan.

Out of the cohort of councillors voting 17 were in favour, 7 against, and 9 abstained from voting.

Full report to follow