Welcome to the Summertown & St Margaret’s
Neighbourhood Forum!

This site is intended to keep our members and local residents informed about the Neighbourhood Plan, Meetings, Events of the Forum and any other relevant information.


The Referendum on our Neighbourhood Plan takes place on

Thursday 7 March 2019


A meeting of the City Executive Board was held on 18 December 2018 when the Examiner’s Report setting out his recommendations to modify the Plan were approved and it was agreed that the Plan, as modified, should now proceed to a Referendum.

This is your chance to support the Forum in developing and protecting our neighbourhood for the benefit of the whole community.  The Plan will help to ensure we:

• Have a say in future developments
• Protect the environment and the character of your area
• Support local projects

Polling Stations:

There are four polling stations open from 7am to 10pm on 7 March: 

  • Summertown United Reform Church, 294A Banbury Rd, Oxford OX2 7HN
  • Cutteslowe Community Centre, 31 Wren Rd, Oxford OX2 7SX
  • St Andrew’s Church, 9 Linton Rd, Oxford OX2 6UH
  • St Margaret’s Church, 19 St Margaret’s Rd, Oxford OX2 6RX

Deadlines for applying to Oxford City Council for postal and proxy votes:

  • Postal votes by 5pm on Wednesday 20 February 2019
  • Proxy votes by 5pm on Wednesday 27 February 2019

You can view:

  • The Neighbourhood Plan here
  • Oxford City Council’s Decision Statement on the Plan here
  • The Examiner’s Report here
  • These documents are also on the Council’s web site: www.oxford.gov.uk

Hard copies of the Plan can be viewed at:

  • Summertown Library, South Parade, OX2 7JN 
  • North Oxford Association Community Centre, Diamond Place, OX2 7DP

FAQs on the Forum, the Plan and the Referendum


What is a Neighbourhood Forum?

The Localism Act of 2011 enables local communities to create Neighbourhood Forums the main aim of which is to strengthen the ability of the community to influence the planning process. If 21 or more local people agree they can approach the local planning authority to have a Forum. The planning authority, in our case Oxford City Council, has to approve the boundaries of the Neighbourhood and its constitution.


What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

Neighbourhood Forums can establish general planning policies for the development and use of land in their neighbourhood. These are described legally as Neighbourhood Development Plans. They need to be in accordance with local and national planning policies but once in place need to be respected by the local planning authority.

This is what the Summertown St Margaret’s Neighbourhood Forum is doing. The Plan as it emerges will be widely discussed and will take account of all the comments received. Ultimately it will have to be passed in a referendum which the City Council will organise.


Please use this website to discover more about the thinking and ideas and to tell us what you think.