What Is It?

What is a Neighbourhood Development Plan?

A Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led project for guiding the future development and regeneration of an area. The plan can specify how new development should be designed, orientated and located, as well as including social, economic and environmental issues.

Where a town or parish council exists the plan must be led by this local government group, in our case the Parish Council will take the lead in pushing the Plan forward.

A Neighbourhood Plan will have to conform to the strategic policies of the local development plan.  In this case, this would be the South Oxfordshire Core Strategy

Once our proposals generally conform to the South Oxfordshire Core Strategy, it will be subject to an Examination by an independent examiner.  If this is successful the document will go to local referendum and as long as it receives approval from 50 per cent or more of those that vote, SODC will adopt the document into the Local Development Framework.

It must be stressed that Neighbourhood Plans cannot propose less development than the Local Plan (as mentioned above, they must be in conformity with strategic policies). They are not a tool to block development agreed in the Local Plan. They can, however, promote more.

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