Neighbourhood Plans are at the heart of the Government's localism agenda and enable local communities to plan their future development, for example:
Neighbourhood Plans must be developed, resourced and led by the town / parish council with input from local residents and businesses. They are a legal document and can form the basis against which planning applications can be decided.
The 'Your Place, Your Plan' leaflet gives a basic guide to Neighbourhood Planning:
The preparation of Neighbourhood Plans in West Oxfordshire is supported. Links to existing and emerging Neighbourhood Plans can be accessed below;
Thinking about doing a Neighbourhood Plan for your area?
Consider the following points:
With a Neighbourhood Plan, communities will be able to establish general planning policies for the development and use of land in a neighbourhood. You will be able to say, for example, where new homes and offices should be built and what they should look like. The Neighbourhood Plan will set a vision for the future. It can be detailed, or general, depending on what your local community want.
We can offer support and advice but the plan must be owned and produced by the local community. Be aware that there may be other costs than just people's time - do you have any funds to use?
Once you have an idea about what you want to achieve and how you migh do it, contact our Partnership Development Officer to discuss how we can assist. We may be able to advise of others that can help.
Email: Astrid Harvey
What happens next....
We will provide appropriate support to town and parish councils wishing to develop a Neighbourhood Plan including, for example, provision of technical advice and assistance with consultation.
The plan will need to be tested against the overarching Core Strategy for West Oxfordshire, as well as national policies and any adjoining Neighbourhood Plans through an independent examination.
If it passes this stage, a referendum will be held and if it is agreed by a majority, the plan will be adopted by West Oxfordshire District Council.
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