Neighbourhood planning was introduced through the Localism Act 2011 and came into effect in April 2012. Neighbourhood Plans empower local people to get the type of development they want for their community. By following the required process the Plan becomes part of the statutory development plan for the local area.
While Uffington has a Parish Council (meeting monthly), Baulking has a Parish Meeting which meets biannually.
The parishes of Uffington, Baulking and Woolstone jointly published their Community Led Plan in December 2015 and one of the high priority recommendations (5.2) was to precede with the production of a Neighbourhood Plan. Woolstone subsequently withdrew from this process in September 2016. The key difference between these two plans is that the Community Led Plan covers a wider range of issues but has no formal authority, (although it may be taken into account when considering planning applications). A Neighbourhood Plan, on the other hand, is more specific in what it addresses and, once approved (adopted) by the District Council and the community:
The production of a Community Led Plan has given the creation of the Neighbourhood Plan a significant headstart. In particular:
The Plan will be created by following the steps and process
The calendar below shows the key dates for the meetings of the Uffington Parish Council, the Woolstone and Baulking Parish Meetings, the Planning Steering Group and the dates of community consultations.