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Beckley and Stowood Neighbourhood Plan

Beckley and Stowood Parish Council is working on creating a neighbourhood plan to influence the way their area grows and develops into the future.

What’s happening now?

Beckley and Stowood Parish Council submitted their draft neighbourhood plan to South Oxfordshire District Council in February 2023. We carried out a consultation on the draft neighbourhood plan and supporting documents in March 2023. This gave residents and statutory consultees an opportunity to comment on the draft plan. The responses to the March 2023 consultation were published and submitted for examination.

The independent examiner, Andrew Ashcroft, considered the draft plan and the responses to the consultation process. The Independent Examiner has advised the District Council that a package of modifications is required to the Plan to ensure that it meets the basic conditions.

The recommended modifications to the general parts of the Plan are matters of refinement to the relevant policies and do not need additional consultation. However, the recommended modifications to the mitigation policies relating to the development of the strategic site at land north of Bayswater Brook (allocated for development under Policy STRAT13 of the South Oxfordshire Local Plan 2035) are significant in their scale and effect. As such they will require further consultation. 

The district council has prepared an updated Strategic Environmental Assessment Screening considering the significant modifications proposed by the independent examiner.

The district council is therefore inviting comments on the examiner’s preliminary conclusions and draft Strategic Environmental Assessment Screening Opinion.

This consultation will run from Thursday, 18 January to 11.59pm on Thursday, 29 February 2024. Please note that only comments relating to the examiner’s preliminary findings and draft screening opinion, will be considered.

You can view the consultation documents below:

You can view the neighbourhood plan and supporting documents below:

Paper copies of the plan are available to view at The Abingdon Arms during their opening hours Monday – Tuesday 11am-8.30pm, Wednesday – Saturday 11am-close and Sunday until 6pm. You can also view the plan at Beckley Village Hall during events.

The documents can also be viewed by appointment at the district council’s office at Abbey House, Abbey Close, Abingdon, OX14 3JE on Monday to Thursday 8.30am – 5pm and Friday 8.30am – 4pm. Please email or call us to make an appointment.

The consultation documents can also be made available to view in an alternative format (for example large print, braille, audio, email, Easy Read and alternative languages) on request.

Please contact us on 01235 422600 or email planning.policy@southandvale.gov.uk

if you need help accessing the consultation materials or have any queries about this consultation.

If you know anyone you think would be interested in this consultation who does not have access to the internet, we would appreciate your help in telling them about it. Please ask them to get in touch with us via our contact details provided above.

How to comment

The quickest and easiest way to have your say is to use our online comment form. Comments can also be made by:

  • emailing planning.policy@southandvale.gov.uk
  • writing to Planning Policy, South Oxfordshire District Council and post to ‘Freepost SOUTH AND VALE CONSULTATIONS’ (no other address information or stamp is needed)
  • completing a paper comment form (available on request) and posting or emailing it back to us

Next steps

After the publicity period ends, your comments, name, email (if applicable) 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.  

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 statement.

More information on the process is available on our Neighbourhood Planning Resources page.

If you would like to discuss neighbourhood planning with a member of the team, please contact us.