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Step one - is a neighbourhood plan for you?

Before you begin, you should make sure a Neighbourhood Plan will do what you want it to. You may find a community led plan is more suitable right now. They have the added advantage that you can use them to help create a neighbourhood plan in the future.

The diagram (click to enlarge) shows some examples of what the different types of plan are for, and how a community led plan can help you create a neighbourhood plan.

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How to make a decision

Address the issues and opportunities your community faces. Answer questions like where are we now? Where do we want to be? How do we get there? To help you do this, you can:

  • gather information about your area
  • assess your area’s strengths and weaknesses
  • draft a vision statement for your community
  • identify a series of objectives. 

Jargon buster icon This is known as 'scoping'.


Look at what other communities are doing, especially ones similar to yours.  There’s lots of information about adopted and ongoing neighbourhood plans in our district here and in South Oxfordshire here This link will take you to an external website... .


Link icon The Localism Act 2011 This link will take you to an external website...

Link icon Plain English guide to the Localism Act 2011 GOV.UK This link will take you to an external website...


Last reviewed: 01 - 06 - 2016

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