The Parish Council meeting held on 2nd February 2015 resolved by unanimous vote to create a Shrivenham Neighbourhood Plan. It was agreed that a public meeting should be held to both promote the plan and attract volunteers to implement the plan.
The public meeting was held on 17th March 2015. Over 60 people were in attendance. Following the meeting, ten volunteers agreed to form the steering group for the plan.
The Localism Act sets out how communities can get more involved in planning for their areas, specifically around creating plans and policies to guide types of development. Neighbourhood planning is about letting the people who know about and care for an area plan for it. It is led by the residential and business community, not the parish council, and is about building neighbourhoods – not stopping growth.
Neighbourhood planning is optional, but if adopted by the council, plans and orders will carry significant weight becoming part of the plan making framework for our area. It will also increase the amount of funds available to our village through the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).
Neighbourhood planning is not entirely new and can build on existing planning work. In Shrivenham we are fortunate to have had the Village Plan 2009, available on this website, and information gained from following village questionnaires.
The steering group’s first meeting was on 9th April 2015 when it will be guided forward by the Vale of White Horse District Council’s Neighbourhood Planning Officer.