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Wheatley Neighbourhood Plan

Wheatley Parish Council is working on creating a neighbourhood plan to influence the way their area grows and develops into the future. If made, the neighbourhood plan will form part of our development plan, which we use to make decisions on planning applications.

What’s happening now? 

In September 2019, Wheatley Parish Council submitted its draft neighbourhood plan to South Oxfordshire District Council. We then carried out the statutory ‘Regulation 16’ consultation in September 2019. All comments received to this consultation were submitted to an Independent Examiner, who subsequently examined the plan and published a report including a number of recommendations. The Examiner’s report can be viewed here.

We considered each of the recommendations made by the Examiner and decided to progress the plan to referendum. This decision was made on 02 April 2020 (the Decision Statement can be viewed here).

Regulations linked to the Coronavirus Act 2020 postpones neighbourhood planning referendums until 6 May 2021.

In response to these delays, Government guidance has been updated and as a consequence the Wheatley Neighbourhood Plan can be given significant weight in decision-making.

Since making this decision, the South Oxfordshire Local Plan 2035 was adopted in December 2020 and supersedes our Core Strategy 2012. The adopted South Oxfordshire Local Plan 2035 establishes the need for detailed amendments to the Green Belt to be made by the Wheatley Neighbourhood Plan.

We are required to formally consult on any proposal to deviate from the Examiner recommendations and the reasons for making this decision. Therefore, we are inviting your comments on the proposal to retain supporting text and policies in Sections 10 and 11, as proposed to be modified by the council, which the examiner recommended should be deleted.

We are inviting your comments on the proposal during a seven-week period which runs from Friday 15 January until 5pm on Friday 5 March 2021

How to view the consultation document

The consultation document is available here:

Consultation Document – council’s proposed decision

Paper copies of the document are available to view by appointment only. Please contact Michelle Legg, Clerk for Wheatley Parish Council, by emailing clerk@wheatleyparishcouncil.gov.uk or calling 01865 875 615 to arrange to view the documents.

Our district council offices at Milton Park is closed to the public until further notice. Please contact us on 01235 422600 or email planning.policy@southoxon.gov.uk if you need support to access the consultation materials.

If you know anyone you think would be interested in this consultation, who is shielding or does not have access to the internet we would appreciate your help in telling them about it. Please ask them to call us on 01235 422600 or email planning.policy@southoxon.gov.uk to get support to access the consultation material.


If you require the above document in an alternative format (for example large print, Braille, audio, email, Easy Read and alternative languages) Please email haveyoursay@southandvale.gov.uk or call 01235 422425 to arrange.

How to comment

We encourage you to use our online comment form which is available here.

Comments can also be made by:

  • emailing planning.policy@southoxon.gov.uk
  • writing to Planning Policy, South Oxfordshire District Council at the following address:135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, Milton OX14 4SB
  • completing a comment form (available on request by contacting Michelle Legg) and posting or emailing it back to us

Your name, email and postal address are required for your comments to be considered.

Next steps

After the publicity period ends, the council will consider your comments and may refer the matter back to examination or make the decision to proceed to referendum. All personal data will be held securely by the council and independent 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.

Take a look at:

Supporting documents:

If you want to get involved, please contact the Parish Council.

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.

Contact us - Planning policy

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01235 422600
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South Oxfordshire District Council
135 Eastern Avenue
Milton Park
Abingdon
OX14 4SB