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Neighbourhood Plan 2030 - Shaping Our Future Together

Neighbourhood planning is a right for communities introduced through the Localism Act 2011 to shape development in their areas through the production of Neighbourhood Development Plans. Legislation provides for the Parish Councils who have chosen to produce a plan to establish a steering group of members of the community who are interested in neighbourhood planning to prepare the plan. The role of the steering group is very separate from the formal functions of a Parish Council.

Sutton Courtenay Neighbourhood Plan

In December 2015 Sutton Courtenay Parish Council resolved to undertake a neighbourhood plan for the area.

Once approved and in place the Sutton Courtenay Neighbourhood Plan (SCNP) will:


  • Aim to guide the growth and development of Sutton Courtenay to 2030 and beyond;
  • Establish policies by which future planning applications will be guided;
  • Have legal weight in setting out what development is acceptable to us in Sutton Courtenay. The SCNP, in conjunction with the Vale of White Horse District Council Local Plan, will be used in determining planning applications in Sutton Courtenay;
  • Entitle the parish council to receive 25% (rather than only 15%) of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) revenues from any new development taking place in Sutton Courtenay. The SCNP must, therefore, envisage how the neighbourhood element of CIL should be allocated e.g. the provision, improvement, replacement, operation or maintenance of infrastructure or dealing with other demands a new development may place on the community.
  • In Sutton Courtenay there is a Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group which is currently progressing through the various stages of plan preparation. Regular updates from the Steering Group on the progress of plan preparation will be posted below. 

For further information, or if you are able to spare some time to help with data gathering or any other aspect of the development of the plan please contact Joanna O’Callaghan on email oatlands32@btinternet.com.