Pyrton Neighbourhood Plan


Pyrton Parish Council has a made plan which can be viewed on the SODC website

On Thursday 14 March residents voted for the adoption of the plan. The official results were as follows:

  • Votes in favour of adopting the neighbourhood plan (YES vote): 76 (98.7%)
    Votes against adopting the neighbourhood plan (No vote): 1 (1.3%)
    Turnout: 77 (49.04%)

On 11th April 2019 the Council resolved to make the Pyrton neighbourhood plan so that it continues to be part of the council’s development plan. The district council’s decision statement and the made version of the plan will be published in due course.

Action plan

  1. Work with developers (in progress)
    1. To ensure that any new development proposals are appropriate for the parish, the Parish Council commits to working with developers and providing constructive feedback to assist in the formulation of suitable proposals.
    2. The Council adopted a Pre-Application Community Involvement Protocol on 19 December 2017.
  2. Nominate assets of community value (complete)
    1. To ensure parishioners have a say in the future of buildings of community value, the Parish Council will prepare nominations by March 2019 to designate Pyrton Village Hall and the Church of St. Mary as Assets of Community Value (ACV).
    2. The Council will re-nominate these assets at the end of each five-year period of validity, as appropriate.
  3. Prepare survey of Grade II listed buildings in the parish (complete)
    1. Within one year of the PNP being made, the Parish Council will prepare a short survey of Grade II buildings in the parish to ascertain their condition and establish whether any are at risk from neglect, decay or other threats.
  4. Address traffic and any air quality issues (in progress)
    1. The Parish Council will liaise with the local highways authority (Oxfordshire County Council) and SODC to identify and, if appropriate, pursue measures to minimise traffic levels in the parish, especially on Knightsbridge Lane in the core village to prevent this becoming a commuter rat-run to the B4009. This is to ensure that Pyrton retains its rural character, and to minimise potential effects on local air quality.
    2. The Council will consider the potential for measures to limit speeding along
      Knightsbridge Lane (speed restrictions) and access to Knightsbridge Lane for HGVs (width restrictions). It will also consider the local potential for a ‘quiet lanes initiative’ and its applicability to Pyrton Lane, should a Watlington bypass be built on PYR2.
  5.  Monitor the PNP (in progress)
    1. To ensure effective implementation of the PNP and its policies in relation to planning decisions and the future of the parish, the Parish Council commits to monitoring the appropriateness and effectiveness of the PNP on a continuing basis, with the Council
      dedicating one meeting to a formal review once a year.
    2. The community will be kept up to date through website updates and the annual meeting of the parish.
  6.  Amend the PNP, as required (in progress)
    1. To ensure the PNP remains an up-to-date part of SODC’s adopted Local Plan, and carries weight in planning decisions, the Parish Council commits to reviewing and updating the plan formally one year after it is made and then as necessary thereafter.

What is a neighbourhood plan?

Neighbourhood planning provides communities with the power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area.  Communities can shape development in their areas through the production of a neighbourhood plan, which once adopted, becomes a statutory part of the development plan of a local planning authority, which in this case is South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC), and will be used in determining planning applications. 

What can a neighbourhood plan include?

A neighbourhood plan is an opportunity for communities to set out a positive vision for how they want their communities to develop sustainably in the future, in ways that meet identified local needs and make a sense for local people.  The Plan can put in place planning policies that will help deliver that vision and manage development that they want to see.  The policies could cover areas such as housing, employment, heritage, character, natural environment, countryside protection, design, education, leisure, and open space.  It must establish a vision, aims and objectives and general planning policies and proposals for the future development and use of the land in an area.

The plan must be a positive document that addresses the development and use of land (it should not contain negative policies and proposals that prevent something happening).  It must align with the strategic needs and priorities for the wider area within which it is situated, which for Pyrton, relates to SODC’s adopted and emerging development plan.  There is a requirement that the plan is in general conformity with the strategic policies in the development plan, although absolute compliance is not necessary.  This allows for individuality and responses to local needs.  It can provide more, but not less, development than is promoted through the development plan.  

Any policies and proposals, including the safeguarding of buildings, land and features, must be justified and defensible as they will subject to testing and possible challenge – all proposals must be subject to an evidence base.


Photograph: Pyrton village hall