The current Neighbourhood Plan for Weston on the Green parish was drafted in 2018 and adopted (“made”) in May 2021, when it became a contributory part of the Cherwell Local Plan policies.
Since 2018 there has been a change of national strategies for housing, the introduction of the Oxford -Cambridge Arc economic zone, the Oxfordshire Joint Statutory Spatial Plan (JSSP), an update of the Cherwell Local Plan to span the period to 2040 and a proposed Oxfordshire Strategic Rail Freight Interchange at Ardley. This changing landscape impacts on the Neighbourhood Plan and we feel that it is timely for us to review its policies to ensure their relevance in the light of these strategic changes at the local and national levels.
Neighbourhood Plan Review
The Neighbourhood Plan is scheduled a review by 2023 and we will be working to that timetable. We will review the current need for housing in the parish, taking into account changes in the demographics of our population and the current amenities available to residents and workers. It is important to note the housing numbers put forward in the Neighbourhood Plan are not binding, but indicative of the calculated need for housing and housing type in the parish. However, these numbers are tested on examination of the Plan and must carefully capture the needs and wishes of its community. In doing this we will take into account the Cherwell Local Plan 2040 Options paper which is now available and we will work with the drafting team of the Local Plan document to ensure the new Neighbourhood Plan is aligned with new policies. The revised Neighbourhood Plan will be re-examined but is not likely to require a new referendum.
We would like to thank everyone for their support and commitment to the first adopted Neighbourhood Plan and hope that its value has been realised in our influence in monitoring and in some cases countering adverse development activity. A review will reinforce its impact on planning policy so that we can continue to shape development in our parish according to our needs.