Neighbourhood planning

Neighbourhood planning is a right for communities to shape the way their local area is developed through the use of Neighbourhood Plans (NPs). Introduced through the Localism Act 2011, NPs become part of the wider Local Plan and are used to determine the outcome of planning applications. NPs allow communities to have more influence and control over their local area to help ensure they get the right type of development for the community.

Community First Oxfordshire has a thriving Neighbourhood Planning consultancy. We believe that communities can produce their own NP with support from our team of specialists. Please get in touch with us via [email protected] for a discussion about how we can help you.


We have worked with some 30 NP groups. Our current clients include Brize Norton, Bletchingdon, East Hanney, and Eynsham Parish Councils. Our support has ranged across the full spectrum of NP activity. It has included:

  • Project planning
  • Community engagement strategies
  • Sustainability appraisal scoping and baseline evidencing
  • Policy drafting
  • Research and drafting of key documents: Environmental Report, Basic Conditions Statements and Consultation Statements
  • Community infrastructure (and housing) surveys

CFO is delighted to working in partnership with Wild Oxfordshire to help communities develop policies and initiatives to deliver nature recovery within Neighbourhood Plans. Wild Oxfordshire can provide ecological surveys and management advice for your local green spaces, plus training, talks, and networking opportunities across Oxfordshire. Much more information on the work of Wild Oxfordshire is available on their website.

CFO has offered us valuable guidance and mentoring throughout the Neighbourhood Plan process. Without them it would have been virtually impossible to reach our objective. We have no hesitation in recommending CFO to any organisation who may require their expertise.

Brize Norton Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

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