Neighbourhood planning

Neighbourhood planning is a right for communities to shape the way their local area is developed through the use of Neighbourhood Development Plans. Introduced through the Localism Act 2011, Neighbourhood Development Plans become part of the wider Local Plan and are used to determine the outcome of planning applications. Neighbourhood Plans allow communities to have more influence and control over their local area to ensure they get the right type of development for their neighbourhood. However, they cannot influence or block development set out previously by the Local Plan.

Community First Oxfordshire has thriving Neighbourhood Planning consultancy. We believe that communities can produce their own Neighbourhood Plan 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 with your NP.


Since 2014 we have worked with some 30 NP groups. Our current clients include Milton-under-Wychwood, Brize Norton and Shipton-on-Cherwell Parish Councils. Our support has ranged across the full spectrum of Neighbourhood Plan activity. It has included:

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

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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