On the 8th November, Littlemore Parish Council voted unanimously to proceed with a neighbourhood plan.
What is a neighbourhood plan?
Neighbourhood planning (Localism Act 2011) gives communities like Littlemore direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area. With a plan in place, Littlemore would be able to influence…
- where new homes, shops and offices might be built
- have a say on what those new buildings should look like and what infrastructure should be provided
- grant planning permission for the new buildings Littlemore wants to see go ahead
What can Littlemore use neighbourhood planning for?
Littlemore can choose to:
- set planning policies through a neighbourhood plan that is used in determining planning applications. For further details in this guidance click here. However, local policies should be aligned the Oxford local plan.
- grant planning permission through Neighbourhood Development Orders and Community Right to Build Orders for specific development which complies with the order. For further details in this guidance click here.
What are the benefits to Littlemore of developing a neighbourhood plan or Order?
Neighbourhood planning enables communities to play a much stronger role in shaping the areas in which they live and work and in supporting new development proposals. This is because a neighbourhood plan forms part of the development plan and sits alongside the Local Plan prepared by the Oxford planning authority. Decisions on planning applications will be made using both the Local Plan and the neighbourhood plan, and any other material considerations.
Neighbourhood planning provides the opportunity for communities to set out a positive vision for how they want their community to develop over the next ten, fifteen, twenty years in ways that meet identified local need and make sense for local people. They can put in place planning policies that will help deliver that vision or grant planning permission for the development they want to see.
Littlemore Parish Council’s LNP steering group will take a proactive approach by drawing up a neighbourhood plan to secure the consent of local people in a referendum, and if successful will Littlemore will also benefit from 25 percent of the revenues from the Community Infrastructure (CIL) Levy arising from the development that takes place in Littlemore.