What does a Neighbourhood Plan cover?

A plan can be broad in scope, including housing, business premises, transport and development of amenities. For Sydenham, the focus is on housing.

What can a Neighbourhood Plan do and not do?

​A Neighbourhood Plan can decide where and what type of development should happen in a neighbourhood. It cannot conflict with the strategic policies in the Local Plan or be used to prevent development that is included in the Local Plan.          

​It is expected that the process to develop and adopt a Neighbourhood Plan for Sydenham will take approximately 18 months.

​​​​​​The initial consultation period for the Sydenham Neighbourhood Pre Submission Plan finished on 15th March 2019. Feedback from the consultation has been  reviewed and the final version of the Plan has been submitted to South Oxfordshire District Council to arrange for its independent examination during the summer.    

​​​​​​​​​Comments on the plan and supporting documents are invited during an extended publicity period, which normally runs for six weeks, but due to summer holidays is running from Thursday 11 July to 5pm on Thursday 5 September 2019. 

You can view the neighbourhood plan and supporting documents at
Paper copies and supporting documents are available to view at St Mary’s Church, Brookstones, Sydenham, Chinnor, OX39 4ND between the hours of 9am and 6pm, seven days a week.
The neighbourhood plan and supporting documents are also available to view and in an alternative format, both on request, at South Oxfordshire District Council's office,135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, Milton, OX14 4SB between 8.30am and 5pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30am and 4.30pm on Fridays. Visitor parking is available. To request to view these documents please contact haveyoursay@southandvale.gov.uk or call 01235 422425.

How to comment:
South Oxfordshire District Council  encourage use of their online comment form which is available here: 

Comments can also be made by:

  • emailing planning.policy@southoxon.gov.uk
  • writing to South Oxfordshire District Council at the above address
  • completing a comment form (available at St Mary’s Church) and posting or emailing it back to South Oxfordshire District Council

As the neighbourhood planning process includes an independent examination of the plan, your name, email and postal address are required for your comments to be considered by the examiner.

Next steps
After the publicity period ends, your comments, name, email and postal address will be sent to an independent examiner to consider. The opportunity for further comments at this stage would only be at the specific request of the examiner.   
Most neighbourhood plans are examined without the need for a public hearing. If you think the neighbourhood plan requires a public hearing, you can state this in your comments, but the examiner will make the final decision.
Please clearly state in your comments if you wish to be notified of South Oxfordshire District Council's decision on whether they formally adopt the neighbourhood plan.
All personal data will be held securely by the council and examiner in line with the Data Protection Act 2018. Comments submitted by individuals will be published on South Oxfordshire District Council's website alongside their name. No other contact details will be published. Comments submitted by businesses or organisations will be published in full, including contact details. Further information on how South Oxfordshire District Council store personal data is provided in their
privacy policy.  

If you have any questions, please contact haveyoursay@southandvale.gov.uk or call 01235 422425.

​​​​​All the members of the team are volunteers and comprise of a number of people from across the community of Sydenham, including:
•       Mark Kermack (Chair)
•       Tara Glen
•       Michael May
•       Mark Oliver
•       Toby Roe
If you have any questions or wish to contact the team then please email sydenhamnpg@sydenhamvillage.co.uk and they will come back to you.


What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
A Neighbourhood plan is a government initiative enabling communities to influence and have a say in where development occurs. Neighbourhood plans sit alongside the wider plan (known as the Local Plan) for a whole planning authority. In Sydenham’s case, this is South Oxfordshire District Council. Once implemented decisions on planning applications are made using both the Local Plan and the Neighbourhood plan, and any other material considerations.


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Why does Sydenham need a local plan?
Under Sydenham’s current classification we will be required to allow 5-10% growth by 2033 (approximately 10 new houses).  There have been several planning applications for new houses in the village and wider large-scale development in towns such as Chinnor and Thame. All of this highlights the need for Sydenham to be proactive and able to have a say in how the village is developed.


​​​In January 2018, the Sydenham Neighbourhood Plan Group applied to designate the parish area as the Neighbourhood Area for the making of the Neighbourhood Plan. In March 2018, South Oxfordshire District Council, our Local Authority, designated the whole parish of Sydenham as the geographical area for the Neighbourhood Plan.





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