Baulking Uffington Neighbourhood Plan
                    Baulking    Uffington                                                                                                                                             Neighbourhood Plan

The final comment period on the Plan ended on 11 NOvember 2019. All Plan documents are now available on and this site will close by 30 Nov 19.

Welcome to the Uffington and Baulking Neighbourhood Plan website


Having completed a Community Led Plan, the parishes of Uffington, Baulking and Woolstone agreed to develop jointly a Neighbourhood Plan which would enable residents to influence the future development of the three villages. It was expected that the Plan would take from  two to three years to complete.  At the September 2016 Woolstone Parish Meeting members voted to leave the planning process. The formal application for the redesignated area comprising only Uffington and Baulking parishes was approved by the VOWH in March 2017 (see item below for details).

When adopted, the Neighbourhood Plan will have legal status and must be considered when planning decisions are made.

There will be opportunities for all residents of both parishes to comment on the development of the Plan as it progresses and it will have to be approved via a local referendum before it is adopted. You will be invited to make your comments either:

  • by leaving written comments at the village shop
  • by email
  • via this website
  • by post

Find out more about Neighbourhood Plans from the Creating The Plan and References tags.

The major events during the development of the Plan are listed below.

Upcoming Dates

Major Events and Activities

1 October - 11 November - Final 6 week review/comment period

The VWHDC has now made the final Plan available for review and comment for 6 weeks. Copies are available in the Council offices and the village churches of Uffington and Baulking. Electronic copies are available on the VWHDC and Uffington Parish Council websites.

17 July 2019 - Plan Made

The VWHDC has now approved the Plan at Cabinet and Council and so it is now 'Made' and forms part of the overall Development Plan along with the VWHDC Local Plan. (subject to any representation made in the following 6 weeks)

4 July 2019 - Referendum Result

The referendum on our Neighbourhood Plan took place on 4 July.  The reult was as follows:



·         Votes in favour of adopting the NP (YES vote): 193 (87.7%)

·         Votes against adopting the NP (No vote): 27 (12.3%)

·         Turnout: 220 (29.9%)


This positive vote means that the Plan will be used in determining planning decsions with immediate effect. The VWHDC has now approved the Plan at Cabinet and Council and so it is now 'Made' and forms part of the overall Development Plan along with the VWHDC Local Plan.

4 July 2019 - Referendum

Referendum Flyer
Flyer distributed to all households giving details of the Referendum on 4 July 2019
Referendum flyer FINAL revised_A5.pdf
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Notice of Referendum
Notice giving details of Referendum voting on 4 July 2019
Notice of Referendum Uffington and Baulk[...]
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Referendum Information Statement
VWHDC Statement giving details for voters on the Referendum on 4 July 2019
2019-05-28 Referendum Uffington Baulkin[...]
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April 2019 - External Examination - complete

The external examiner has now completed his examination of the Plan and made recommendations to improve it and make it fully meet the basic conditions. Once this is complete and approved by the VWHDC the Referendum will be arranged and is likely to take place in July following 28 days when the final Plan is available for public scrutiny. 

December 2018 - VWHDC Public Consultation Period

The 6 week Consultation Period was run from 6 December 2018 to 24 January 2019 (the period has been extended by 1 week to allow for the Christmas and New Year holiday periods). 


Following the consultation period, the process is then as follows:

  • Comments from this consultation will be collated and passed, with the unchanged Plan, to the appointed Examiner.
  • The Examiner will consider the Plan and make any recommendations for changes required prior to holding the Referendum.
  • The Examiner's recommendations will be considered and incorporated as necessary.
  • The Referendum will be organised by the VWHDC and run in the same manner as local or national elections.
  • Subject to a successful outcome of the Referendum (which requires a simple majority vote for it to be carried), the Plan will then become 'made' (adopted). The Refeendum will probably be held in or around May 2019.
  • The made Plan will then form, along with the Local Plan Parts 1 and 2*, part of the 'Development Plan' for the District and which will be used to help determine future Planning Applications.


* Comments by the Examiner are now being considered by the VWHDC and so the Local Plan is not yet adopted.


October 2018 - Submission to VWHDC

The submission version of the Plan was approved by Uffington Parish Council and Baulking Parish Meeting on 23 October 2018 following approval by the Steering Group on 11 October 2018.


The Plan was submitted to the VWHDC on 25 October 2018. The VWHDC will arrange a further 6 week consultation prior to submitting the Plan to the Examiner.

September 2018 - Health Check

Following changes made arising from the pre-submission consultation, the District Council, suggested that an independent Health Check should be carried out in order to cofirm that the Plan and supporting documents are in the best possible state for submission and meet all the necessary criteria.


The Health Check was carried out by our consultant during the period 18 September - 4 October. There were 10  recommendations all of which were readily implemented to create the final documents for internal approval.


May-June 2018 - Pre-Submission Consultation

Prior to submitting the Plan to the District Council a 6 week consulatation period from 7 May - 26 June was held which allowed parishioners and official bodies with an interest in the Plan Area to comment on the draft Plan.

November 2017 - Community Consultation

A very successful consultation event was held on the evening of 14 November seeking views on the draft policies following the completion of the Lanscape Study and as we work towards the final draft of this Plan. A short report on the event and copies of all the documents used and discussed is here.



June 2017 - Community consultation

The 3rd Uffington, Baulking Neighbourhood Plan Consultation took place on Wednesday 21st June at the THMH. The slides are available here.


This was an opportunity for members of our community to look at how far we have come in the process, to ask questions and tell us what THEY think of the emerging Plan as we approach the final draft. In particular, it was the first oppotunity to discuss the DRAFT policies that are being proposed by the Focus Groups.


Please see PUBLIC CONSULTATION page for the presentation and draft policies.


Your COMMENTS are invited - either from those who attended and wish to add further comments or from those who were unable to attend and would like to do so. Please comment by email to or via our Contact page.

June 2017 - Landscape Study

Following the HNA which identified a Housing Need of only 19 homes, the NPSG decided at its May meeting that no specific sites would be allocated in the Neighbourhood Plan. A Landscape Study has been initiated to identify the impact of building in different areas, rather than on specific sites, of the Plan area.  The study has started and is now expected to be complete by the end of October (slipped from mid-September to allow more detail to be added to final report).

May 2017 - Housing Needs Assessment (HNA)

As part of the neighbourhood planning process we need to establish the numbers and types of houses required in future in our area. To do this a Housing Needs Assessment was initiated in January 2017 overseen by a consultant.  A questionnaire was delivered to every household in the two parishes and replies made either on paper or electronically.


The results have now been fully analysed.    Two reports are being released today, 23 May 2017.  One covers the output from the questionnaires and the second the implications for local housing needs in our area over the Neighbourhood Plan period.


The reports can be found on this web-site under creating-the-plan/focus-groups/housing/


March 2017 - Revised Area Designation

The revised area designation covering only Baulking and Uffington parishes, was approved by the VOWH on 9 March 2017.  The designation letter and map are attached below. The revised Terms of Reference for the Steering Group have been approved by Uffington Parish Council and Baulking Parish Meeting.

Uffington and Baulking parishes map
2017-03-09 Uffington signed area designa[...]
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Public Notice
2017-03-09 Uffington signed area designa[...]
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Revised Terms of Reference
These TORs have been approved by Uffington Parish Council and Baulking Parish Meeting following redesignation by the Vale.
Terms of reference for UB NP final 3.201[...]
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