Welcome to the Summertown & St Margaret’s
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
The prime task of the Neighbourhood Forum has been the creation of a Neighbourhood Plan and this process has now come to a crucial and decisive stage.
The Plan has been updated based on a full analysis of all the comments received during the formal consultation that took place from the 15th January to the 26th of February 2017 and all earlier consultation events.
The focus has now moved on to the preparation of the documentation for the submission to the Oxford City Council in order to start the formal acceptance process.
The set of required documents are:
-The Character Assessments as a separate Appendix to the Plan.
-The Consultation Statement, a comprehensive explanation of the entire consultation process.
-The Basic Conditions Statement, a document that sets out how the Plan meets the requirements of each basic condition and other legal tests.
–The Screening Opinion which is a statement from the City Council that in our case there is no requirement for a strategic environmental appraisal.
We will soon be in a position to submit all documentation at which point the City Council will take over and start their own Consultation and Independent Inspection procedures in preparation for the decisive Referendum, a point that could be reached by the summer of 2018.
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.
We are pleased to have been supported by both the Mid counties co-op and Finders Keepers