Chipping Norton residents will head to the polls next month to vote on whether or not to adopt the town’s neighbourhood plan.
If adopted, the plan will help to guide development in the town for the next 15 years with policies covering areas such as the natural environment, play spaces, the town’s historic character and transport.
Work on the plan began in 2012 when Chipping Norton Town Council decided that a Neighbourhood Plan would help to lend a local perspective to the layers of planning guidelines directing development in the town.
Chris Butterworth, town councillor and chair of the Chipping Norton Neighbourhood Plan (CNNP) Steering Group, is adamant the plan will bring benefits to the town.
He said: “Chipping Norton faces unprecedented growth over the next 15 years. The Neighbourhood Plan will ensure this growth doesn’t compromise the special character and appeal of our town.”
The Neighbourhood Plan includes policies to promote building design that respects the distinct historic character of the town while providing a mix of housing that meets the needs of everyone.
Policies also cover a desire to see improved public transport and parking, protection of the natural environment, the creation of new play spaces and a new park, and improved prospects for local businesses and jobs.
The plan will also see the town secure a greater proportion of the funding generated from new developments.
Mike Tysoe, Chipping Norton mayor, said: “The policies within the plan will help to build a prosperous and thriving town while safeguarding its natural environment, landscape setting and historic character – the things that make Chippy such a wonderful place to live.
“I want to encourage every resident of Chipping Norton to turn out and support their town by voting yes to the Neighbourhood Plan. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to shape the way our town evolves. Do your town proud and vote to support it.”
The referendum on the Chipping Norton Neighbourhood Plan will be held on March 3 from 7am to 10pm in the Town Hall.
It is open to everyone in Chipping Norton who is registered to vote.