Consultation on the Neighbourhood Plan
The Neighbourhood Plan Group has developed the draft Lewknor Parish Neighbourhood Plan, which includes the draft policies for future planning and land use within your parish, for consultation. This is your opportunity to feed into this process and provide your thoughts on this document so that the Steering Group can take everyone's views into account before the Plan is submitted to South Oxfordshire District Council for it to carry out its formal review.
The consultation period runs for seven weeks from 13 June to 31 July 2020 and you are invited to submit your views on the Neighbourhood Plan by the closing date of 31 July 2020.
There are a number of documents you may wish to consult, the main one being the Plan itself. There are a number of appendices which contain supporting information which may also be of interest to you. All of these are available for download using the links below. Remember, the closing date is 31 July 2020.
Appendix 1. Character Assessment
Appendix 2. Green Infrastructure and Open Spaces
Appendix 3. Protection of Views
Appendix 4. Drawing of Settlement Boundaries
Online survey: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LewknorParishNP
What is a Neighbourhood Plan and why do we need one?
The Localism Act of 2012 gives parishes such as ours the opportunity to have a greater say in the future development of their area by creating a Neighbourhood Plan which defines such items as where we would like new housing to be built; the mix of housing types needed; and the infrastructure needs to support growth of our parish.
A properly prepared and adopted Neighbourhood Plan has legal status alongside SODC’s Local Plan and will eventually sit alongside the Local Plan 2033 as a part of the Local Development Scheme. This means that it must be taken into account when applications are considered for planning permission.
The Neighbourhood Plan gives all 705 residents of the Lewknor Parish community a new way of influencing planning decisions. By having an adopted Neighbourhood Plan, we have a legally enforceable way of controlling at least some aspects of future development in our Parish.
If we do not have a Neighbourhood Development Plan, the SODC Local Plan 2033 - Sites and General policies document will control these decisions.