Long Wittenham Neighbourhood Plan

Long Wittenham Parish Council has reviewed their neighbourhood plan, which was made in October 2017. The modified plan has now been submitted to South Oxfordshire District Council, which if made, will replace the adopted plan.

South Oxfordshire District Council believes the Long Wittenham Neighbourhood Plan Review proposal contains significant modifications in relation to the made Long Wittenham Neighbourhood Plan (2017). The most significant modifications relate to the introduction of principles to guide development in the countryside, the identification of a green gap, and the allocation of a site to accommodate a community hub comprising of a primary school, village hall, playing fields, and enabling housing development (approximately 40-45 dwellings).  As the plan proposal is considered to contain significant modifications, the plan is required to undergo an independent examination and, subject to the examiner’s recommendations, is likely to be put to a local referendum.

What's happening now?

You may recall that we carried out a publicity period on the Reviewed Long Wittenham Neighbourhood Plan in late 2018. This gave the local community and statutory consultees an opportunity to comment on the reviewed plan, which aims to replace the Long Wittenham Neighbourhood Plan adopted in October 2017. The plan and the responses to the publicity period have been submitted for independent examination and can be viewed below. 

The independent examiner, Andrew Ashcroft, has commented on the plan This link will take you to an external website... .To address his comments, Long Wittenham Parish Council has instructed its consultants to update the Environmental Report accompanying the neighbourhood plan. The parish council has considered whether the updated environmental report required any modifications to the neighbourhood plan and submitted a statement (97.2 KB) PDF  to confirm that in their opinion, the updated report does not require any modifications to the plan.

Between Wednesday 20 March until 5pm on Sunday 5 May 2019, there was an opportunity to comment on the changes to the updated Environmental Report, Non-technical Summary and the statement from Long Wittenham Parish Council. Comments received can be viewed here (187.8 KB) PDF . The examiner has considered the comments received and issued a further clarification note. (144.3 KB) PDF  You can view the Parish Council response to the examiner's clarification note here (294.6 KB) PDF  and the Historic England response here (423.0 KB) PDF .

Background documents

Long Wittenham Neighbourhood Plan October 2017 documents

For your reference, you can view the adopted plan and supporting documents below: 

If you would like to discuss neighbourhood planning with a member of the team, please contact us. More information on the process is available on our Neighbourhood Planning home page.

Last reviewed: 28 - 08 - 2019

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