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:
The major events during the development of the Plan are listed below.
We are nearly there! After almost 3 years of consulting, discussing, writing and editing, our Plan is ready for the final vote.
There will be a referendum on our Neighbourhood Plan on 4 July. This will be organised by the District Council and all Uffington and Baulking parishioners on the Electoral Role will be able to vote on whether they approve the Plan or not. The Referendum will be organised like any other election, with options to vote in person at the Uffington polling station, by post or by proxy.
A copy of the flyer to be distributed to all households in Uffington and Baulking parishes can be downloaded from the link below. Links are also provided to the Official Notice of Referendum and Information Statement. Please note that if you are already registered as a voter in Uffington or Baulking there is NO NEED to re-register - you will recive your voting card as usual.
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.
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 by the Examiner are now being considered by the VWHDC and so the Local Plan is not yet adopted.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com or via our Contact page.
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).
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/
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.