People in Chinnor can have a say on their draft Neighbourhood Plan

Released on February 9, 2017

Chinnor Parish Council has submitted its draft Neighbourhood Plan to South Oxfordshire District Council.  People now have until 4.30pm on Tuesday 21 March 2017 to submit their comments on the draft plan before it is checked by an independent examiner. 

To view the draft Neighbourhood plan and supporting documents, and to submit comments, please visit

Hard copies are available in Chinnor at the parish council office, the library, Village Centre, village hall and Wee Bookshop and Café. 

Comments can also be submitted by:

All comments will be publicly available and your name may be displayed. 

Cllr John Cotton, Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “Communities with neighbourhood plans in place in South Oxfordshire are already experiencing the benefits of having a greater say over how development takes place in their area.  Chinnor Parish Council has worked very hard on their draft plan and I encourage the local community to submit their comments before it goes to the examiner.”


Notes for editors

Once the consultation on the draft neighbourhood plan has ended, the draft documents and comments will be submitted to an independent examiner.   

The examiner will consider whether the plan meets the basic conditions and legal requirements and will write a report detailing their findings and will make recommendations about the plan, including whether it’s ready to be put to a local referendum.

South Oxfordshire District Council will consider the examiner’s recommendations and determine whether the plan should proceed to a local referendum. If more than 50 per cent of people who vote in the referendum support the plan, it will then be adopted and give local residents a say in how their community grows and develops over the coming years. 

Neighbourhood planning is the government's initiative to empower local communities to help make and take forward planning proposals at a local level.  The idea being that local people will drive, and then help to shape, how their local communities grow and develop over the coming years.

South Oxfordshire District Council offers extensive support to communities who are producing Neighbourhood Plans.