News Archive 2017


Draft planning policies published before community meetings

Draft policies produced by the Mid Cherwell Neighbourhood Plan Forum have been published in advance of a series of community engagement meetings to be held during January. Villagers should have already received a leaflet summarising the policies and inviting them to a meeting to discuss them.

The Steeple Aston meeting will be on Tuesday, January 24th at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. But if that date isn’t convenient, you are welcome to attend any of the other meetings listed below.

Steeple Aston Parish Council Chairman, John Coley writes: “All 24 draft policies have now been published, and community engagement meetings in January 2017 have been announced. You should have a leaflet summarising the policies together with a lot of additional information, and you can see the full policies on

“In January, we will be holding our final round of community engagement meetings. At each of the events below there will be a display of the final draft Policies of the Neighbourhood Plan, together with maps showing the proposed Settlement Areas and nominations for Local Green Spaces that our parish councils want to see incorporated in the Plan.

“There will also be opportunities for discussion with members of the Neighbourhood Plan Forum representing your community, and a question and answer session. Each meeting will cover the same neighbourhood-wide agenda for all 11 parishes, so you are welcome to attend whichever is most convenient.

Saturday, 14th January        2.00 – 4.00pm, Reading Room, Upper Heyford

Sunday, 22nd January         10.00am – 12.00pm, Village Hall, Ardley

Tuesday 24th January          7.30 – 9.00pm, Village Hall, Steeple Aston

Wednesday, 25th January    7.00 – 9.00pm, Nicholson Orchard Barn, North Aston

Thursday 26th January        7.00 – 8.30pm, Village Hall, Somerton

Saturday, 28th January        10.00am – 12.00pm, St. Mary’s Church, Lower Heyford

Saturday, 28th January        10.00am – 1.00pm at Heyford Park Community Centre

Saturday, 28th January        3.00 – 5.00pm, Village Hall, Kirtlington

Monday, 30th January         7.30 – 9.00pm, Village Hall, Fritwell

“We have had wide-ranging meetings with Cherwell District Council to persuade them of the need for certain policies and to ensure that they all comply with national and local planning legislation. After the January meetings, MCNP has to make the full draft Plan document publicly available, in the run-up to formal submission in the Spring.”

If you aren’t able to attend a meeting, you can still read the policies and leave your comments on the Forum’s website