Planning

Planning applications can be viewed via the Cherwell District Council Planning Register or by visiting Cherwell District Council Offices in Bodicote, Banbury.

For information relating to the following Planning issues please click on the links below:

Listed Buildings,
Conservation Area (including work on Trees)
Oxford Green Belt

The Planning Portal is provided by The Department for Communities and Local Government placeholder(DCLG) and provides a wealth of information on planning and building regulations. If you are intending to make changes to your property, whether it be to build an extension, erect a garden shed, demolish a building or fit solar panels on your roof, all the information you need is on this portal. There is an interactive guide which allows you to see what the planning requirements are, if any, for your project. To get to the portal just click the logo to the right.

Applications for Planning Permission:

Planning permission can only be granted by the planning department of Cherwell District Council and all planning applications must be submitted to them.
Applications will sometimes be dealt with by the planning committee but can be dealt with by a planning officer under delegated powers. An application and any objections thereto, will be considered only in respect of planning regulations.
However, if the planning committee or planning officer feels that there are other issues to be taken into account such as building, water or highways regulations, these may referred to the relevant department or authority. As a result of this, even if an application is given permission, it may be subject to conditions laid down under these other regulations.
Persons who may be affected by a development have the right to object but only on grounds of planning regulations, although they may raise issues covered by building, water, highway or other regulations so that the relevant departments or authorities can be made aware. Objections to planning applications need to be made in writing to the relevant planning officer by the advertised deadline.
Members of the public can view planning applications at the offices of Cherwell District Council in Bodicote, Banbury. Planning applications can also be viewed online at the District Council's planning portal which can be reached by using this CDC Planning link

Role of the Parish Council in Planning Applications

All applications for planning permission are notified to the Parish Council and will be discussed at a Parish Council meeting. Prior to this meeting a parish councillor will have inspected the planning application documents, visited the site of the proposed development and, where possible, spoken with nearby affected residents to identify any problems or issues arising.
It must be noted that the Parish Council does not have the power to grant or refuse planning permission.

Cherwell Local Plan (2011-2031)

The Adopted Cherwell Local Plan 2011-2031 (Part 1) contains strategic planning policies for development and the use of land. It forms part of the statutory Development Plan for Cherwell to whihc regard must be given in the determination of plannning applications. Further information can be found following the link: https://www.cherwell.gov.uk/info/83/local-plans

Information on the Cherwell Local Plan Part 1 Partial Review can be found on the following link: https://www.cherwell.gov.uk/info/83/local-plans/515/local-plan-part-1-partial-review---examination/3

Oxfordshire Plan 2050

As part of the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal agreement with the Government, the six Oxfordshire authorities – Cherwell District Council, Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire County Council, South Oxfordshire District Council, Vale of White Horse District Council and West Oxfordshire District Council - have committed to producing a joint statutory spatial plan (JSSP), known as the Oxfordshire Plan 2050.

The Oxfordshire Plan 2050 will provide an integrated strategic planning framework and evidence base to support sustainable growth across the county to 2050, including the planned delivery of new homes and economic development, and the anticipated supporting infrastructure needed.

Islip Village - Potential Major Development

A proposal was formulated in April 2019 this year for major development around Islip village, which could potentially include 3,000 homes. It is more of a statement of intent than a finished proposal for development and has not been through the planning process as yet. It should also be noted that any development in Islip of this scale would be prohibited under the Green Belt protections but that these protections may be challenged by the Expressway project should it come close to Islip, or indeed by revisions/updates of the Cherwell Local Plans.

Further information and a document setting out the proposal for land development around Islip can be found at Islip Parish Council’s website: https://www.islip.org.uk/

Works on Trees and Hedges - A Primer

Trees

Some trees are protected by tree preservation orders (TPOs), which means that, in general, you need Cherwell Council's consent for ANY works via a planning application. https://www.cherwell.gov.uk/info/7/environment/282/trees-subject-to-tpo

In addition, there are controls over many other trees in Conservation Areas, which cover most of Weston on the Green. Here there is legal protection of all trees with a trunk/stem diameter greater that 75mm at 1.5m above ground level. Again Cherwell Council’s consent via a planning application is required.

If you are unsure about the status of trees which you intend to prune or fell (or you simply require further information) you should contact Cherwell District Council. Tree-enquiries@cherwell-dc.gov.uk or Arboricultural Officer 01295 221708.

Hedges

The use and nature of hedges can be controlled through planning conditions and legal covenants.

You don't normally need permission to plant a hedge in your garden. And there are no laws that say how high you can grow your hedge. https://www.cherwell.gov.uk/downloads/download/71/high-hedges-guidance-notes

However, you are responsible for looking after any hedge on your property and for making sure it is not a nuisance to anyone else.

If a hedge does adversely affect the owners/occupiers of an adjoining domestic property then they may be able to take action through the High Hedges complaints system introduced by the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003. The complaints system specifies the type of hedge and the adverse effects that it covers and, if you have concerns about the effect a hedge is having on your property you should contact CDC to see whether the High Hedges complaints system is applicable to your circumstances.