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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 Neighbourhood Forum is moving into the next phase of its life

 

From 15th January to 26th February 2017 there will be a formal consultation on its latest plan. More information is posted under The Plan and Consultation on this website.

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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.

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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 is will have to be passed in a referendum which the City Council will organise.

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