Neighbourhood Plans

Neighbourhood planning empowers local communities to help direct and shape the way their area grows and develops into the future. Written by local people who live, work or run a business in the area, and ultimately subject to a referendum. When a plan passes referendum, it becomes part of the development plan which helps determine planning applications. 

What support do we offer groups preparing or reviewing their neighbourhood plan?

We strongly support our neighbourhood planning groups. This includes:

  • Advice and guidance throughout - An introductory meeting to discuss your aims and outline the process
  • A Lead Officer to attend meetings, where appropriate, and offer expert advice alongside their colleagues
  • Grant funding from the district council (and advice on external support and guidance is available to you) 
  • Advice on engaging with your community - Including how and why you need to record this
  • Inform you which external organisations and statutory bodies you will need to consult
  • Advice on what evidence is required to help you write your plan
  • Consultation on area designation proposals (where appropriate) as well as submitted plans
  • Review of your draft neighbourhood plan to ensure it meets the basic conditions
  • Organising the Independent Examination and Referendum for your plan

Use the individual links on the left to see what progress your community is making, or take a look at the map below to see what progress is being made in neighbourhood plans across the district.

July 2018 – Ruling on Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA) 

HRA screenings are part of the Neighbourhood Planning process. We are currently seeking legal advice following a ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union, which impacts on how the screenings need to be carried out. HRAS are part of EU obligations and we must conform. It is therefore important that we are fully aware of all of the ramifications of the ruling, so that we can ensure that Neighbourhood Plans meet the requirements. 

We will be liaising with communities that have submitted their Neighbourhood Plans and will keep them updated. 

The Court ruling can be viewed here

Neighbourhood Planning Map - Progress in South Oxfordshire  (998.7 KB) PDF September 2018

If you have any questions about neighbourhood planning, we are waiting for you to contact us!

Further Reading

Locality Neighbourhood Planning Road Map (3.1 MB) PDF


GDPR Guidance for Neighbourhood Planners (80.2 KB) PDF

Take a look at our Neighbourhood Planning Toolkit

Neighbourhood Planning Guidance (SODC) 2012

Neighbourhood Planning Conference Slides This link will take you to an external website...  January 2017 and September 2015

Visit our Evidence Studies, Core Strategy and Community-led Planning pages

Last reviewed: 11 - 09 - 2018

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