8th March 2019 – NP Referendum update

There was a resounding vote in favour of our Neighbourhood Plan in the Referendum on Thursday 7 March 2019.  The result was as follows:

Yes to the plan: 1319
No to the Plan: 104
Turnout: 18%

This means the Plan has been approved and will now be used by Oxford City Council when deciding planning applications in the Summertown & St Margaret’s area.

Thank you to everyone who voted to support the Plan.



Referendum on our Neighbourhood Plan: Thursday 7th March 2019

Referendum on our Neighbourhood Plan: Thursday 7th 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

October 2018 – Examiner’s report

October 2018

The Examiner has been reviewing our Neighbourhood Plan and has now written his report.

This is a necessary step along the road. We don’t have an opportunity to challenge his views, but we can decide not to proceed with the whole plan if we wish. In this case we have suffered some losses principally in our housing policies. This is disappointing but not wholly unexpected.

The list below shows the main areas where he has called for changes.

Examiners changes

His whole report can be viewed here

The Committee is minded to carry on towards a referendum as the remaining policies are important and will help protect the area from unwanted development.

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