Neighbourhood Plans

Neighbourhood planning gives communities the power to develop a shared vision for their area. Neighbourhood Plans can shape, direct and help to deliver sustainable development, by influencing local planning decisions as part of the statutory development plan. Neighbourhood plans should not promote less development than set out in strategic policies for the area or undermine those strategic policies.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

We are continuing to support our neighbourhood planning groups and are contactable via email and phone as normal. We are now also using video and telephone conferences to help with the delivery of our support, advice and guidance to groups.

We are also continuing to progress neighbourhood plans through the formal stages, where this is possible and safe to do so.

In response to the updated Government advice relating to COVID-19, we are progressing neighbourhood planning consultations with mitigation measures, taking reasonable steps to make people aware of consultations, to reach all parts of the community, and to give people a reasonable chance to participate effectively.

Our advice is that neighbourhood planning groups can proceed with consultations provided they adopt appropriate mitigation measures. 

If you have any concerns or questions please get in touch with your neighbourhood planning lead officer or a member of the team, through or call 01235 422600.

For further information on the progress or impact on specific neighbourhood plans please click on the link for the relevant neighbourhood plan area on the left. 

What support do we offer groups preparing or reviewing their neighbourhood plan?

We strongly support our neighbourhood planning groups. This includes:

  • Advice and guidance throughout - An introductory meeting to discuss your aims and outline the process
  • A Lead Officer to attend meetings, where appropriate, and offer expert advice alongside their colleagues
  • Advice on Government grant funding and support available to you
  • Advice on engaging with your community - Including how and why you need to record this
  • Inform you which external organisations and statutory bodies you will need to consult
  • Advice on what evidence is required to help you write your plan
  • Consultation on area designation proposals (where appropriate) as well as submitted plans
  • Review of your draft neighbourhood plan to ensure it meets the basic conditions
  • Organising the Independent Examination and Referendum for your plan

Use the individual links on the left to see what progress your community is making, or take a look at the map below to see what progress is being made in neighbourhood plans across the district.  

Neighbourhood Planning Map - Progress in the Vale of White Horse

August 2020 Map (639.4 KB) PDF

If you have any questions about neighbourhood planning, we are waiting for you to contact us!

Useful Resource 

We have produced a table here (462.0 KB) PDF showing the range of topic areas and covered by neighbourhood plans across the Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire District Councils. The table also signposts the reader towards examples of neighbourhood planning policies for each topic area. The South neighbourhood plans and policy titles are in black text and the Vale are in blue text. At the bottom of the table you will find the web links to all the plans detailed in the table.

Take a look at our guidance note here (187.7 KB) PDF  about setting up a neighbourhood plan steering group.

Write a ‘terms of reference’ so the objectives of the group are clear - here is an example (53.3 KB) Word 2007  you can adapt for your steering group.

Further Reading

Neighbourhood Planning Policy Writing Workshop July 2019 - presentation slides (651.7 KB) PDF

Visit - includes the Locality Policy Writing toolkit

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Take a look at our Neighbourhood Planning Toolkit

Neighbourhood Planning Guidance (SODC) 2012

Neighbourhood Planning Conference Slides  This link will take you to an external website...  January 2017 and September 2015

Take a look at our evidence base page and community-led planning section

Last reviewed: 03 - 08 - 2020

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