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Neighbourhood Plan

THE BALDONS NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

Background

A Neighbourhood Plan provides a community with a genuine opportunity to influence the future of the place where they live and will allow communities, both residents, employees and business, to say where they think new houses, businesses and shops (if any) should go – and what they should look like.  Provided a neighbourhood plan is in line with national planning policy and with the strategic vision for the wider area set by the local authority, local people will be able to vote on it in a referendum. If the plan is approved by a majority of those who vote, then the local authority will bring it into force. 

The  Baldons Parish Council  resolved to go ahead with a Neighbourhood Plan in the summer of 2015 and nominated a working party of Parish Councillors to progress this. Subsequently a  proposal was  distributed to all Baldonresidents. In this document residents were asked whether or not they were in favour of the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan and whether or not they would like to be involved in the Plan preparation. The response was strongly in favour (93 positive response against 7 negative)  with 15 residents expressing  a wish to participate. These volunteers were invited to an initial meeting at which they agreed to form an Advisory Group. 

The Neighbourhood Plan will be a material consideration in planning decisions, which means the residents would have a say in the future development of the villages  

• It  would help preserve the character of the neighbourhood  
• It would help ensure an appropriate standard of design and materials

Process

A Neighbourhood Plan steering committee was formed of 3 Parish Councillors supported by an Advisory Group  of 8 volunteers – all Baldon residents. With financial help fromSODC we engaged Community First Oxfordshire to provide expert guidance.

The first task was to prepare a Consultation Paper which was distributed to all residents in February 2016 asking for their views on the extent , siting and nature of future development in the Baldons and on a range of other issues. The results of this consultation were presented at a public meeting in the Seven Stars on the 22nd March 2016: the Consultation Paper and an analysis of the responses are available on the website. This was followed by a Housing Needs Survey, carried out by Community First Oxfordshire whose report is also available.

A second public consultation was held at the Baldon Feast in order to:

• Present the findings of the Housing Survey
• Issue a call for potential building sites in which the public were invited to propose sites by placing stickers on a large scale map of the Baldons
• Ask for comments on the proposed criteria by which the proposed sites would be assessed 

Publicise the first draft of the Neighbourhood Plan Policies

 

Meanwhile an asessment of the sustainability of the proposed developments was initiated. This appraisal comprised 2 parts: a scoping report which was placed on this website in October 2016 and was sent to the following statutory bodies: Environment Agency, Nature England and Historic England ,for comment.   This report provided the basis for the sustainability assessment itself which will be finalised by the end of May 2017. This assessment includes a Landscape Character Assessment carried out by Hankinson DuckettAssociates, a local firm of landscape architects and funded by the Locality organisation.

The Sustainability document will provide the basis for the development of the Neighbourhood Plan, in particular providing the objectives for the plan and the criteria by which any proposed developments will be judged.

When the draft Neighbourhood Plan is completed the local community – residents and businesses- will be asked to review and comment on the draft over a 6 week consultation period, after which the Plan may be modified in the light of comments received. The final draft will then be submitted to SODC foindependent scrutiny and approval, following which a referendum will be held in the village. If more than 50% vote in favour, the NP is adopted as legal and binding document.

Progress to date

So far we have;

• Distributed a Consultation document which included a questionnaire: this document is available on this website
• Held a public meeting  on 22nd March  2016 to present the results of the questionnaire: this 
• Commissioned Community First Oxfordshire to carry out a Housing Needs Survey which is available on this website
• Held a second public consultation at the Baldon Feast on 20th August. The material presented is available on this website
• Prepared a Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report which was sent to the statutory consultees in September 2017. This document is available on the website
• Preparing a Sustainability Appraisal  which includes a Baldons Landscape Character Assessment. The SA   will be completed by the end of May when it will be placed on this website.
• Soon after the finalising of the Sustainability Appraisal we will prepare a draft of the Plan itself – known as the Pre-submission Plan -  for public consultation

Documents 

Residents Consultation Paper

Analysis of Questionnaire Results

Baldons Housing Needs Survey

Material presented at the second public consultation

Scoping Report

 
Sustainability Assessment

Presubmission draft Neighbourhood Plan                 Not yet available

Plan Appendices

 

Responses

We would  greatly value your comments and views on the documents we have already placed on this  website. Once our draft presubmission plan is available, your comments on this draft plan will be critical. Please email youtr comments to ??????