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Message from the Forum’s chair, Shamus Donald – 6 September 2019

I am writing to let you know that I will stand down as Chair of the Neighbourhood Forum at the next AGM, which should take place in November 2019.  It is a role I could only take on an interim basis because of other commitments, but it has been a privilege to work with such a great team in the Neighbourhood Forum.  Following the successful referendum result in March, the Forum is set to become increasingly influential in Summertown & St Margaret’s.  A key aim for the Forum is to become more fully engaged with the community and to increase participation.  And we now have a role in spending 25% of developers’ community contributions (CIL) which will give us a chance to help fund exciting local projects.

An advertisement for a new chair accompanies this note.  It is going to be a really important role and one that can make a major difference to the community.  If the role attracts you, or you can think of anyone who has a bit of time to give and loves this area, please do get in touch.  Also, please do pass it on to others who might be interested. 

Thank you.


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.

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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 it 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.