North Hinksey Neighbourhood Plan

North Hinksey Parish Council is working on creating a neighbourhood plan. The process empowers local communities to help direct and shape the way their area grows and develops into the future. A neighbourhood plan will form part of the development plan, which helps to determine planning applications.

What’s happening now?

In January 2019, North Hinksey Parish Council submitted its draft neighbourhood plan to Vale of White Horse District Council. We then carried out the statutory ‘Regulation 16’ consultation in March 2019. All comments received to this consultation were submitted to an independent examiner, who subsequently examined the plan and published a report including a number of recommendations. You can view the examiner’s report here.

The council considered each of the recommendations made by the examiner and, following public consultation on the intention to deviate from the examiner’s recommendations with regards to policy BU1, the council decided to progress the plan to referendum. This decision was made on 30 April 2020 and revised on 28 May 2020 (the revised Decision Statement can be viewed here).

Since making this decision, the council has been working with North Hinksey Parish Council on the preparation of the referendum version of the neighbourhood plan. The parish council alerted the council to a mapping error with the Lower Louie Memorial Field Copse and Fen proposed Local Green Space designation. In this case, the area proposed to be designated mistakenly included more land than was originally intended. The parish council advised the council that their intention was to designate only the part of the site that was within their ownership. They asked the council to correct this error by revising the boundary of the proposed Local Green Space designation so that it relates solely to the area within their ownership.

Given the advanced stage the North Hinksey Neighbourhood Plan has reached, the council is required to formally consult on any proposal to amend the Local Green Space designation in question. Therefore, the purpose of this consultation is to invite comments on the council’s intention to deviate from the examiner’s recommendation to designate the Lower Louie Memorial Field Copse and Fen, as originally shown in the submitted plan, as a Local Green Space. The council is also inviting comments on the reasons for proposing to make this decision.

We are inviting your comments on the proposal to change the boundary of local green space NC1: Lower Louie Memorial Field Copse and Fen and the reasons for it during a seven-week period which runs from Friday 08 January until 5pm on Friday 26 February 2021

How to view the consultation document

The consultation document is available here:

Consultation Document – council’s proposed decision

Paper copies of the document are available to view by appointment only. Please contact David Kay on 01865-240272 or email cllrdavidkay@hotmail.com to arrange viewing the document.  

Our district council offices at Milton Park is closed to the public until further notice. Please contact us on 01235 422600 or email planning.policy@whitehorsedc.gov.uk if you need support to access the consultation materials.

If you know anyone you think would be interested in this consultation, who is shielding or does not have access to the internet we would appreciate your help in telling them about it. Please ask them to call us on 01235 422600 or email planning.policy@whitehorsedc.gov.uk to get support to access the consultation material.


If you require the above document in an alternative format (for example large print, Braille, audio, email, Easy Read and alternative languages) Please email haveyoursay@southandvale.gov.uk or call 01235 422425 to arrange.

How to comment

We encourage you to use our online comment form which is available here: https://survey.southandvale.gov.uk/s/NorthHinkseyDeviationJan2021/

Comments can also be made by:

  • emailing planning.policy@whitehorsedc.gov.uk
  • writing to Vale of White Horse District Council at the following address: 135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, Milton, OX14 4SB
  • completing a comment form (available on request by contacting David Kay) and posting or emailing it back to us

Your name, email and postal address are required for your comments to be considered.

Next steps

After the publicity period ends, the council will consider your comments and may refer the matter back to examination or make the decision to proceed to referendum. All personal data will be held securely by the council and independent examiner in line with the Data Protection Act 2018. Comments submitted by individuals will be published on our website alongside their name. No other contact details will be published. Comments submitted by businesses or organisations will be published in full, including contact details. Further information on how we store personal data is provided in our privacy statement.

Supporting documents:

If you want to get involved, please contact the Parish Council.

More information on the process is available on our Neighbourhood Planning Resources page.

If you would like to discuss neighbourhood planning with a member of the team, please contact us.

Contact us - Planning policy

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01235 422600
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Vale of White Horse District Council
135 Eastern Avenue
Milton Park
Abingdon
OX14 4SB