Update on our Draft Neighbourhood Plan : August 2021
The principal purpose of the Neighbourhood Development Plan is to derive policies that will be used in making planning decisions about the future of the area up to 2031, the Plan period. Once approved by the Vale of White Horse District Council (VWHDC), independent examiner and adopted by a village referendum, the Plan becomes part of the VWHDC’s Statutory Development Plan. The policies developed must all be relevant to planning, and therefore can only relate to the development and use of land.
Writing of our Neighbourhood Plan started in 2014. Residents have responded to 3 questionnaires over this time period (2015, 2017 and 2020) and this Neighbourhood Plan reflects community-wide comments, observations and concerns about its future, bringing them together with census information, strategic and statistical evidence into a “living promise” that mirrors the communities overwhelming desire to make Steventon an even better place to live and work, both now and for future generations, whilst retaining its heritage.
The plan has been produced by a Neighbourhood Planning Steering Group including Parish Council members, resident volunteers, and with the help of the VWHDC.
“This Plan 2031 was written to provide the strategy, policies and development objectives through which to meet our goal to protect and enhance the rural identity and heritage of our village whilst ensuring its future sustainability.”
The process we have followed is illustrated below.
We are at the pre-submission stage that requires pre-submission consultation before the Parish Council can formally submit their plan to the District Council.
The pre-submission consultation period will last for a period of 6 weeks commencing on Monday 6th September 2021. A public meeting will be held in the Village Hall on Tuesday 12th October 2021 explaining the process followed and the derived Policies.
The draft Neighbourhood Plan and associated supporting documents can be found on this website, click on the titles below, or can be requested from the Parish Clerk.
Feedback and comments can be sent to the Parish Clerk by 12.00 on Friday 22nd 2021.