The Eynsham Neighbourhood Plan (ENP) has been redrafted, professionally checked and subjected to consultation which ended on November 16th. All the comments were reviewed and appropriate ammendments made to the ENP. The comments and responses to them have been recorded in the Consultation Report. The whole process of creating the ENP from the first community enagagement events to the last consultation are recorded in the Consultation Statement.
The submitted version is here and includes links to current versions of all the other Neighbourhood Plan documents. The ENP has now been independently examined by Deborah McCann who considers the plan conforms to requirements, subject to some modifications. The Examiner's report can be found here.
The Parish Council considered the report at its Full Council meeting on 13 August 2019. The Council felt that whilst it was disappointing that 8 out of 13 proposed Local Green Spaces (LGS) do not meet the required specifications for designation, protection would be provided to the remainder. The Council made the difficult decision to approve the remaining LGS designations - it is hoped that the Plan could be reviewed and possibly revised following its adoption, focusing on the LGS that were omitted. The Neighbourhood Plan will now proceed as follows below.
WODC advise the next steps with regard to progressing the plan to referendum are:
- WODC to review and take Executive Decision on her recommended modifications and recommendation that the plan should proceed to referendum. This will be published via the Regulation 18 Executive Decision Notice (under delegated powers to the Head of Paid Service, Giles Hughes)
- Publication of the Referendum Information Statement and administration for the referendum undertaken by Democratic Services (e.g. poll cards sent to all those registered on the electoral role for Eynsham Parish)
- After the referendum, should the outcome be 51% or more in favour of the Neighbourhood Plan forming part of the development framework against which planning applications in Eynsham Parish will be decided, then WODC will ‘make’ the plan and it will become part of the development framework for Eynsham Parish.
West Oxfordshire (WODC) own Local Development Plan (LDP) has now been formally adopted. This should remove some of the previous obstacles to our Neighbourhood Plan.
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 Area Action Plan (AAP) Issues Paper.consultation ended on August 3rd and a draft of the AAP is expected at the end of the year. Many of the 'issues' are taken straight from the Neighbourhood Plan so a lot of good local ideas are already being taken seriously.
WODC's consultation on the Western SDA Issues Paper has also ended; they will be preparing a Supplementary Planning Document which will guide the development of the additional 750 houses not already approved to the west of Eynsham.