Step six - preparing your plan
When we write to you explaining how much funding you’ll get, we will also assign you a case officer who specialises in neighbourhood plans. This person is your first point of contact and will:
- help and advise you throughout the process, right up until the successful adoption of your plan
- help you create your project plan if necessary
- come along to steering group meetings when invited to offer advice and guidance, with the benefit of experience from working with many other groups creating neighbourhood plans.
Getting to work
If you already have a community led plan, it can help you with some of the first steps that follow. Otherwise, preparing your plan will involve:
- gathering information about the plan area
- finding out the local community’s aspirations and priorities
- drafting a vision for the area
- setting out a clear purpose for a plan including identifying goals or objectives you want the plan to achieve
- drafting planning policies to help deliver the objectives of the plan
- publicising the plan locally, inviting comments from people who live, work and carry out business in the area.
Gathering evidence and opinion
You need to gather reliable and up to date information and evidence. You will need to gather detailed evidence like local housing need but it is useful to start with the evidence we’ve collected for our Local Plan, as well as our neighbours in South Oxfordshire.
You must engage and consult with your local community – this must be widespread and inclusive and should continue throughout the development of the plan.
Your case officer can put you in contact with Oxfordshire Rural Community Council (ORCC) who can help you engage with your community and help you gather evidence.
How to create a plan
Here are some useful links to help you through each stage of creating your plan
How your plan will affect the environment, the community and the economy
To meet the minimum legal requirements, you may need to carry out a Strategic Environmental Assessment (an SEA) - we will carry out an ‘SEA screening’ early on to see if you need to. Please complete this . If you do need one, you may find this useful.
We recommend you carry out a simple review of how the policies you are drafting will affect the social, environmental and economic aspects of your community. This is checking the ‘sustainability’ of your plan – it will make sure your plan meets the basic conditions and will satisfy the independent examiner.
Last reviewed: 01 - 06 - 2016