Summertown and St Margaret's Neighbourhood Plan

Summertown and St Margaret's Neighbourhood Plan - Public Consultation

In accordance with Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations 2012 the Summertown and St. Margaret’s Neighbourhood Forum have submitted their Neighbourhood Development Plan to Oxford City Council, as the Local Planning Authority, to ‘publicise their Plan Proposal.’ The City Council are therefore seeking representations on the ‘Plan Proposal’ prepared by the Forum.

Representations are invited on the Summertown and St. Margaret’s Neighbourhood Plan together with the following accompanying documents. These comprise a map of the area, a consultation statement, a statement explaining how the proposed Neighbourhood Development Plan meets the requirements of the Schedule 4B to the 1990 Act an environmental report together with an accompanying environmental statement.  

The public consultation period on the Summertown and St. Margaret’s Neighbourhood Plan runs for 6 weeks from Wednesday 30 May to 11 July 2018.

The Neighbourhood Development Plan together with the associated supporting documents will be available to view both on our website and hard copies can be viewed at the following three venues:

  • North Oxford Association Community Centre, Diamond Place, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7DP
  • St Aldate's Chambers (Oxford City Council Offices), 109-113 St Aldate's, Oxford, OX1 1DS
  • Summertown Public Library, South Parade, Summertown, OX2 7JN. (Please note: The library will be closed from 4pm on Saturday 2 June 2018 until 9.30am on Monday 16 July 2018). 

Representations should be submitted using the form, attached below and completed on-line, or alternatively ‘hard’ copies of the form have been made available at each of the venues listed above. A guidance leaflet setting out how to complete the form has been provided both on this website and in ‘hard’ copy form.

Comment Form 

The ‘Plan Proposal’ together with the representations received during the public consultation period will then be passed on to the appointed Inspector when the Plan is submitted for Examination. If you would like to be notified when a decision on the Neighbourhood Plan has been made please include a formal ‘request to be notified’ as part of your representation or using the form provided.

Summertown and St Margaret's Neighbourhood Plan Documents

The following documents are now being formally consulted upon: 

Comment form

To provide your comments, please complete and return the attached form:

Comment Form 

Please return via:

  • Email:
  • Post: Planning Policy, Oxford City Council, St Aldate's Chambers, 109 St Aldate's, Oxford, OX1 1DS

Guidance on Completing the Form

The Summertown and St Margaret’s Neighbourhood Plan Document and supporting evidence has been published by the City Council on behalf of the Summertown and St Margaret’s Neighbourhood Forum for consultation.  Following the consultation the plan, its supporting evidence and any representations that are made will be sent to an independent examiner.  Any comments received will be considered by the Examiner.

In these notes we explain the criteria that the Examiner will use and that you should also use when commenting on the plan. 

The independent examiner will consider whether the document:

  • Meets the Basic Conditions;
  • Is Legally Compliant

Legal requirements

To comply with the legal requirements, the Summertown and St Margaret’s Neighbourhood Plan must:

  • be submitted by a qualifying body;
  • set out policies in relation to the development and use of land;
  • state the period in which it is to have effect;
  • not contain policies that relate to excluded development (e.g., county matters and Nationally Important Infrastructure Projects);
  • not relate to more than one neighbourhood area.

Basic conditions

To comply with the Basic Conditions, the Summertown and St Margaret’s Neighbourhood Plan must meet the following:

  • The Plan has regard to national policies and advice contained in guidance issued by the Secretary of State.  

“A neighbourhood plan must not constrain the delivery of important national policy objectives. The National Planning Policy Framework is the main document setting out the Government’s planning policies for England and how these are expected to be applied.”

  • The Plan contributes to the achievement of sustainable development. 

“A qualifying body must demonstrate how its plan or Order will contribute to improvements in environmental, economic and social conditions or that consideration has been given to how any potential adverse effects arising from the proposals may be prevented, reduced or offset (referred to as mitigation measures).  In order to demonstrate that a draft neighbourhood plan or Order contributes to sustainable development, sufficient and proportionate evidence should be presented on how the draft neighbourhood plan or Order guides development to sustainable solutions.” 

  • The Neighbourhood Plan is in general conformity with the strategic policies contained in the development plan for the area of the authority (or any part of that area)

“When considering whether a policy is in general conformity a qualifying body, independent examiner, or local planning authority, should consider the following:

  • whether the neighbourhood plan policy or development proposal supports and upholds the general principle that the strategic policy is concerned with;
  • the degree, if any, of conflict between the draft neighbourhood plan policy or development proposal and the strategic policy;
  • whether the draft neighbourhood plan policy or development proposal provides an additional level of detail and/or a distinct local approach to that set out in the strategic policy without undermining that policy;
  • the rationale for the approach taken in the draft neighbourhood plan or Order and the evidence to justify that approach.”
  • The Neighbourhood Plan does not breach and is otherwise compatible with EU obligations – the Neighbourhood Plan must comply with the SEA Directive (2001/42/EC), the EIA Directive (2011/92/EU), the Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC), the Wild Birds Directive (2009/147/EC) and any other relevant European Legislation. 
  • The Neighbourhood Plan does not weaken the protection afforded to Conservation Areas and Listed Buildings.               

General advice

If you are seeking a change to the document, please check that you:

  • make it clear in what way the document does not meet the basic conditions tests or legal requirements;
  • state precisely how and why you think the document should be changed.

If you are part of a group who share a common view on how the document should be changed, it would be very helpful for that group to send a single response that represents the view, rather than for many individuals to send in separate comments that repeat the same points. In such cases the group should state how many people it represents and how it has been authorised to do so.

If you would like further advice, please contact the Planning Policy team at:

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2018 

We will make your comments available to the public on paper at our Council offices, and will also publish them on our website. In accordance with The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, your comments will also be provided to the appointed inspector for examination.  Your personal details will be used for these purposes alone.

Your personal details will be properly safeguarded and processed in accordance with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2018, and only used in relation to this Neighbourhood Development Plan. 

If you wish for us to erase any personal information provided via the above comment forms, you have the right to do so at any time. If you wish to do so, please state your request to erase your personal information by emailing: