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Where has the Neighbourhood Plan got to?

The Eynsham Neighbourhood Plan (ENP) was rejected by the examiner as not meeting the regulations and has been withdrawn while we re-draft it and offer it for local comments once again. We will also seek professional help in making sure it does not fall foul of the regulations. The next stage of getting comments from local residents should happen in August

West Oxfordshire (WODC) own Local Development Plan (LDP) is going slowly through the formal process of adoption. One of the main problems for the ENP was the lack of an up to date LDP to test it against. We currently expect the LDP to be completed at the end of this year with our ENP not long behind.

WODC is already working on their Garden Village (GV) which would locate 2200 homes in an entirely new village on the other side of the A40 to Eynsham. The first stage is an Area Action Plan (AAP) Issues Paper.which is out for consultation up to August 3rd. Many of the 'issues' are taken straight from the Neighbourhood Plan so a lot of good local ideas are already being taken seriously.

An AAP has the same effect as a Neighbourhood Plan, so it is an important document and should be taken very seriously. WODC do seem serious about getting the GV right and Eynsham residents are being encouraged to comment positively wherever they agree with the Issues Paper. There will be other vested interests trying to water down the proposals as all the benefits to the local community come out of the windfall profits they will make from the incrrease in the value of their land.

Supporting WODC's AAP consultation will help strengthen their hand in making a really good job of the Garden Village. Once this consultation closes the redrafted Eynsham Neighbourhood Plan will be put on the website for resident's comments.


Eynsham NP Road Map December 2016 - Photographer Angie TitchenEnvironment - Abbey Fishponds 2015 - Photographer Posy ParrinderOpen evening, April 2016Traffic - Acre End Street, May 2015Community consultation - July 2015Workshop - March 2015

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

Eynsham's Neighbourhood Plan will shape future development over the next 15 years to meet national, regional and local housing needs in ways that ...

  • retain the character, style, friendliness and community spirit of Eynsham
  • enhance our community socially, environmentally and economically
  • provide the necessary transport and infrastructure for current and new residents.

The Plan will include policies which ...

  • govern the location, type and style of new buildings and industrial facilities
  • keep new traffic off existing village roads and create new walking and cycle routes
  • link village and countryside with green spaces and places for play and recreation
  • ensure space is available for enough school places for all local children
  • identify locations for community services, activities and facilities for all age groups
  • ensure there will be space for new and expanding businesses
  • preserve and enhance Eynsham’s history and heritage.

Without a Plan, the village will be threatened by developments which ...

  • are built solely to suit developers' profit, not the needs of new or existing residents
  • do not provide the roads, school places and community facilities to support more residents
  • consist of 'standard' designs with token provision of green space, footpaths and cycleways have no concern for providing homes which local families can afford
  • won't provide the types of home which the skilled staff (needed by local businesses) can afford.
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