Oxford’s 2nd Neighbourhood Plan submitted to the City Council

The Summertown and St. Margaret’s Neighbourhood Forum has formally submitted their Neighbourhood Development Plan, together with supporting documents to Oxford City Council, as the Local Planning Authority. This Plan proposal is now available for public consultation. The public consultation period will  run for 6 weeks from Wednesday 30th May to 11th July 2018. The Neighbourhood Development Plan together with the associated supporting documents will be available to view both on the City Council’s website (www.oxford.gov.uk/ssmconsultation) and ‘hard copies,’ can be viewed at the following three venues:

  • Oxford City Council’s Offices at St. Aldate’s Chambers, 109-113 St. Aldate’s, Oxford, OX1 1DS 
  • North Oxford Association, Diamond Place, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7DP
  • Summertown Public Library, 17 South Parade, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7JN 

Representations should be made using the form provided (attached) which can be downloaded and then completed and returned to the Planning Policy via email (planningpolicy@oxford.gov.uk).  Guidance notes for completing the comment form are also attached to this email.

The ‘Plan Proposal’ together with the representations received during the public consultation period will then be passed on to the appointed Inspector when the Plan is submitted for Examination.

Headington Festival

SATURDAY 2ND JUNE
10am – 3pm in Headington
Food, crafts, refreshments and the stalls of the Saturday Market in the centre of Headington.

SUNDAY 3RD JUNE
1pm – 5pm in Bury Knowle Park
Many local organisations’ stalls; sports to try; fire engine and police vehicle to explore; foods and ice cream; craft ales; farm animals to pet; results of the children’s wildlife photography competition and the photographs displayed.

Click here for more details

Community Projects

The Headington Neighbourhood Plan comprises both Planning Policies that are taken into account in planning applications and Community Projects (see AGM Agenda for priorities) that the Neighbourhood Forum wishes to promote or develop itself. 

The five-year life of the initial Forum ended on September 10th 2019 and the City Council has redesignated the Forum for a further five years.

The Forum collaborates with Headington Action to take the Community Projects forward.

Oxford Local Plan 2036

Oxford City Council has published its report on the Local Plan public consultation.

It is extremely pleasing to see that the public support the Headington Neighbourhood Forum’s view on the need for keyworker housing.

The Forum weren’t able to include a planning policy that supported replacing affordable housing requirements on institutional sites (hospitals / universities) with keyworker housing since it would have not complied with the current Local Plan, but the consultation shows strong support for changing that policy in the new Local Plan.

Headington Neighbourhood Plan – Referendum

On Thursday 4 May 2017, there was a referendum on the neighbourhood development plan for Headington.

The question asked in the referendum was:

Do you want Oxford City Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Headington to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?

Results were announced late on Thursday 4 May 2017 and are shown below:

Yes: 3,310
No: 543
Turnout: 38%
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As is required by the legislation the City Executive Board (in June) and full Council (in July) will consider making (approving) the plan.

Plan Referendum 4th May 2017

At their meeting on March 9th 2017 the City Council Executive Board warmly endorsed the Headington Neighbourhood Plan and approved its progress to a referendum to be held on May 4th 2017 coinciding with the local elections.

Members complimented the Neighbourhood Plan Forum for its achievement in being the first in Oxford to produce a Plan.

Chair, Mike Ratcliffe and Vice Chair, Patrick Coulter were present and answered questions from members including the development of a successor body to the Forum.

See the Forum’s stall at the Headington Market, Saturday 29th April.

See the whole Plan and leave comments here.

Headington Neighbourhood Plan – What’s next?

After the rounds of consultations, the City Council have had the Plan examined – a check by an independent planning professional to ensure that it meets the legislative requirements. The examiner’s report has now been received and, working with the City, the Steering Committee (SC) have been looking at some changes to meet his recommendations. The SC will be reporting on this at our Forum meeting on 8 February.

The City Council, as planning authority, will then make a decision whether the plan can go forward to a referendum. If the timing all works out, then it should be in time to have this coincide with the County Council elections in May 2017. Although not as exciting as some referendums we’ve had recently, it will give people on the electoral register in the Plan area the final say on whether the plan is adopted. If that passes, then the Plan will have to be taken into account in planning matters, but also in other City and County strategies.

Oxford City Consultation on Draft Plan

Oxford City Council’s public consultation on the Draft Neighbourhood Plan (required by legislation) has now finished (on 7th October 2016).
The Consultation website can be accessed at oxford.gov.uk/headingtonplan

The mainly text version of the Draft Plan submitted to the Council is available here.

A more user-friendly pictorial version is available here.
(Note: minor edits on 26/09/16 and 06/10/16).

Oxford City Council has now appointed an examiner to consider the submissions to the consultation and will report in the near future – the date to be announced.

The Examiner and City have identified various amendments, to be reported to the Forum on 8th Feb 2017.