Sydenham Neighbourhood Plan

Sydenham Parish Council is working on a neighbourhood plan. The process gives communities the power to develop a shared vision for their area. Neighbourhood Plans can shape, direct and help to deliver sustainable development, by influencing local planning decisions as part of the statutory development plan. Neighbourhood plans should not promote less development than set out in strategic policies for the area or undermine those strategic policies. A neighbourhood plan will form part of the develoment plan, which helps to determine planning applications.

What’s Happening Now? 

Sydenham Parish Council has submitted its draft neighbourhood plan to South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC).

We are inviting your comments on the plan and supporting documents during an extended publicity period, which normally runs for six weeks, but due to summer holidays is running from Thursday 11 July to 5pm on Thursday 5 September 2019.

You can view the neighbourhood plan and supporting documents below:

Neighbourhood Plan (5.3 MB) PDF
Consultation Statement (7.1 MB) PDF
Basic Conditions Statement (345.6 KB) PDF
Character Appraisal (5.6 MB) PDF
Screening Statement for SEA (1.1 MB) PDF

Paper copies and supporting documents are available to view at St Mary’s Church, Brookstones, Sydenham, Chinnor, OX39 4ND between the hours of 9am and 6pm, seven days a week.

The neighbourhood plan and supporting documents are also available to view and in an alternative format, both on request, at SODC’s office,135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, Milton, OX14 4SB between 8.30am and 5pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30am and 4.30pm on Fridays. Visitor parking is available. If you wish to arrange this, or have any queries relating to this consultation, please email or call 01235 422600.

How to comment:

We encourage you to use our online comment form This link will take you to an external website... .

Comments can also be made by:

  • emailing using ‘Sydenham Parish Council Submission Consultation’ in the subject line
  • writing to South Oxfordshire District Council, 135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, Abingdon, OX14 4SB
  • completing a comment form (available at St Mary's Church in Sydenham) and posting or emailing it back to us

As the neighbourhood planning process includes an independent examination of the plan, your name, email and postal address are required for your comments to be considered by the examiner.

Next steps

After the publicity period ends, your comments, name, email and postal address will be sent to an independent examiner to consider. The opportunity for further comments at this stage would only be at the specific request of the examiner.  

Most neighbourhood plans are examined without the need for a public hearing. If you think the neighbourhood plan requires a public hearing, you can state this in your comments, but the examiner will make the final decision.

Please clearly state in your comments if you wish to be notified of our decision on whether we formally adopt the neighbourhood plan.

All personal data will be held securely by the council and examiner in line with the Data Protection Act 2018. Comments submitted by individuals will be published on our website alongside their name. No other contact details will be published. Comments submitted by businesses or organisations will be published in full, including contact details. Further information on how we store personal data is provided in our privacy policy This link will take you to an external website... .  

If you want to get involved in the process, please contact your Parish Council This link will take you to an external website... . More information on the process is available on our Neighbourhood Planning home page.

If you would like to discuss neighbourhood planning with a member of the team, please call us on 01235 422600 or email

Supporting Documents

Area Designation Map (845.8 KB) PDF

Area Designation Letter (845.8 KB) PDF

Last reviewed: 15 - 07 - 2019

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