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Our Neighbourhood Plan has been approved at Referendum by a landslide!! We did it!
Please see: http://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/wshw/ for more details.
On 24 October residents voted for the adoption of the Parish Council Neighbourhood Plan. The official results were:
- Votes in favour of adopting the neighbourhood plan (YES vote): 544 (89.5%)
- Votes against adopting the neighbourhood plan (NO vote): 64 (10.5%)
- Turnout: 17.1%
Section 3 of the Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017 (as amended) gives neighbourhood plans full legal effect once they have passed their local referendum.
The Wootton and St Helen Without Neighbourhood Plan
The Wootton and St Helen Without Neighbourhood Plan is estimated to take around two years from March 2017 to completion. Our aim is to galvanise the villages and hamlets within the two parishes to attend public meetings, voice opinions and collaborate to produce a plan which will help shape the community enabling it to respond to any future changes to planning by the VWHDC.
What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
A Neighbourhood Plan is, under the Localism Act, part of the statutory planning process. It aims to allow communities to have a significant role in shaping the development of growth in their local area.
The Neighbourhood Plan area
The approved designated area map for the joint Neighbourhood Plan can be found under the Documents tab and consists of the following areas:
The earliest known record of Boars Hill (or Boreshill) is from the 12th century. The greater part of Boars Hill was historically a manor of the parish of Cumnor until the 19th century when the parish of Wootton was formed.
Although the Boars Hill post-code covers a much larger area the community tends to be located on the Ridgeway, Sandy Lane, Yarn Way and Old Boars Hill. It has its own Boars Hill Association and publishes a regular newsletter.
Properties in Cothill were shared between St Helen Without and Marcham Parish Council but later transferred to St Helen Without. Cothill House, originally a vicarage, is now a preparatory school.
Dalton Barracks is a military installation near Abingdon.
The barracks were established, on the site of the former RAF Abingdon airbase, in 1992: they were named after James Dalton VC, a former member of the Army Commissary Corps, a predecessor of the Royal Logistic Corps. The barracks were initially occupied by 3 and 4 Close Support Regiments of the Royal Corps of Transport (now 3 and 4 Logistic Support Regiments of the Royal Logistic Corps). Since 2006 they have also been occupied by 12 Logistic Support Regiment of the Royal Logistic Corps.
Wootton is a village and civil parish in the Vale of White Horse about 3 miles (5 km) north-west of Abingdon. It was part of Berkshire until the 1974 boundary changes transferred it to Oxfordshire. The parish of Wootton includes the hamlets of Henwood and Lamborough Hill and the western part of Boars Hill. The 2011 Census recorded the parish's population as 2,709.
Shippon is a village in Oxfordshire, England, 1 mile west of Abingdon. It is the largest village in the civil parish of St Helen Without. The name was recorded in the Domesday Book as Scipene, meaning "cattle-shed". It was a manor in the large parish of St Helen's, Abingdon, and was held by Abingdon Abbey until the Dissolution in 1538.
Dry Sandford is a village in the Vale of White Horse district of England, about 3 miles (5 km) north-west of Abingdon. It is one of two villages in the civil parish of St Helen Without.
Gozzard's Ford lies 1 1⁄2 miles (2.4 km) northeast of the village of Shippon.
The road east–west through Gozzard's Ford used to be a turnpike linking Abingdon in the east to Fyfield in the west. It was later disturnpiked, and in the 20th century the part between Gozzard's Ford and Shippon was closed and dismantled to make way for one of the runways at RAF Abingdon.
About the Steering Group
The members of the Steering Group are all volunteers and met together for the first meeting on 14th March 2017. Everyone is entitled to contribute as part of this Neighbourhood Plan and as part of collecting evidence to support the plan.
What we have in common is that we all live in the area and all want the best for our future. As the Neighbourhood Plan has been submitted for independent examination, it is anticipated that once the Plan has gone through Referendum and been made the role of the Steering Group will cease in 2019 and the implementation of the Plan will pass to the two Parish Councils.
Steering Group meetings are open to all. Steering Group meeting dates can be found on this page.
Questions about the Neighbourhood Plan?
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Simply drop us a line using the contact us page button on the right.