Hook Norton agreed to a neighbourhood plan in a village referendum held in September. Now Cherwell District Council’s executive has endorsed the plan with a recommendation that it be adopted by the full council.
Hook Norton held its referendum on 3 September, with the result that 97 per cent of those who voted were in favour of the plan.
The plan identifies objectives that include preserving the character of the area, retaining existing employment and delivering a range of housing types, including affordable housing and smaller properties to help those on a lower income remain in the village.
Cherwell District Council’s lead member for planning, Cllr Michael Gibbard, said: “With executive endorsement, Hook Norton’s Neighbourhood Plan will now go before Cherwell’s full council meeting with a recommendation that, as the local planning authority, we make it part of the statutory development plan for the district.
“This was the first neighbourhood pan in Cherwell to reach a referendum and now we’ve passed the formal stage of the process for it to become part of our statutory development plan.”
The production of the plan involved extensive consultation with the Hook Norton community with Cherwell District Council advising on its preparation and on the conduct of the referendum.
Cllr Gibbard added: “The preparation of the Hook Norton Neighbourhood Plan has provided us with a better understanding of the process involved, which will help in progressing other neighbourhood plans in the district. I want to thank Hook Norton Parish Council and the local community for their efforts in progressing this plan for their village.”