Our new Neighbourhood Plan will be timed to co-incide with the publication of South Oxfordshires (SODC) Local Plan. We need to have a referendum within 1 year of SODC publishing their plan in order that SODC do not take back control and ignore local needs.
Unfortunately SODC’s proposed Local Plan has had some difficulties, and it is anticipated a new draft local plan will be created and go to consultation in the new year (2019). This in turn means Woodcote will not need a draft plan until after the summer of 2019.
One of the tools used in identifying whether land put forward by landowners might be suitable, is the evaluation criteria document. This was summarised at the Feb 2018 consultation, the full evaluation criteria is detailed detailed in this document. This document specifies each of the 40 criteria and guidance notes. This is the criteria that was used when assessing each parcel of land and its potential suitability. The criteria was generated from the current neighbourhood plan, and was revalidated via the Jan 2017 village wide questionnaire (70% response) to ensure the views of the village had not changed significantly (they hadn't).