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Where has the Neighbourhood Plan got to?

The draft Eynsham Neighbourhood Plan is completed and ready to be presented to West Oxfordshire District Council who are responsible for the next stage of consultation, public examination and finally local referendum.

West Oxfordshire (WODC) has completed the consultation on its own Local Plan which has been 'on hold' since early 2016 when the Planning Inspector rejected it for not including enough new homes district-wide. They should have collated all the comments received and will be restarting the Examination in Public soon.

WODC has chosen to locate 3200 new homes in and around Eynsham of which 2750 will meet Oxford City's needs. They opted for 2200 will go in a 'new' village north of the A40 and 1000 would cover every possible scrap of land west of the village. Eynsham Parish Council made it clear that the large number of houses allocated to the west was a bad idea - it completely encircles the village to the west and includes so many houses that the result would inevitably be poorly designed and might even not result in enough houses being built. EPC preference is for up to 400 of the houses to be located north rather than west and leaving flexibility in the allocation until some initial design work is done.

The Department of Communities and Local Government decided that the new village north of the A40 should be one of their Garden Village projects which means funding to prepare an outline design - a masterplan - and means WODC must accelerate their plans for what is now known as Oxfordshire Cotswold Garden Village - a bizare name given by DCLG for reasons best known to them!

The Neighbourhood Plan is now entirely in the hands of WODC. We hope that they will do the decent thing and push the project through to completion in a timely manner.

Eynsham's Draft Neighbourhood Plan - has been approved for submission to WODC. You can find the supporting documents on the Key Documents page


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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