The Process – previous updates

February 2019

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

– FAQs on the Forum, the Plan and the Referendum –

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:

  • A summary of the Plan here
  • 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

February 2018

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 Plan

-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.

The Neighbourhood Forum is conducting a survey of what residents hope for Alexandra Park.

This is intended to go alongside the exercise being conducted by the City Council on its website.