Since April 2012, local communities have been able to produce Neighbourhood Plans for their local area, putting in place planning policies for the future development and growth of the neighbourhood.

A Neighbourhood Plan may contain a vision, aims, planning policies, proposals for improving the area or providing new facilities, or allocation of key sites for specific kinds of development.

Neighbourhood Plans relate to the use and development of land and associated social, economic and environmental issues. They may deal with a wide range of issues (like housing, employment, heritage and transport) or may focus on one or two issues that are of particular importance in a local area.

A Neighbourhood Plan will be subject to examination and referendum and then form part of the Local Development Plan. This statutory status gives Neighbourhood Plans far more weight than some other local planning documents, such as parish plans, community plans and village design statements. In other words, they have to be considered by the planning authority in making decisions that affect Oxenhope, a topic that has on occasion been a little controversial locally.

Planning in Oxenhope

Preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan usually takes between 18 months to two years to complete and must include a residents’ referendum to adopt as a formal planning control tool.

Oxenhope has an advantage over many other communities in the preparation of a plan. Much work has been done over the past 20 years by Oxenhope Parish Council to produce information which has guided the Local Planning Authority with regard to Planning Policies and Decisions that affect the village. In 1999 after over two years of work by the Parish Council, the Oxenhope Village Design Statement was published. Then in 2004 the Oxenhope and Leeming Conservation Area Assessment was published by Bradford MDC. Much of this Assessment was guided by the Oxenhope Village Design Statement. Then in 2006 the Parish Council published the Oxenhope Parish Plan.

These three documents, in particular the Parish Plan, will guide and inform the Neighbourhood Plan process in Oxenhope. This should help with the process considerably compared to areas that have no such prior information.

Neighbourhood Plan – First Draft

The first draft of the Oxenhope Neighbourhood Plan is out for informal consultation over the Summer.

The plan and summaries of our Housing and Travel Surveys, can be downloaded here: –

Draft Neighbourhood Plan

Housing Survey Summary

Travel Survey Summary

If you have any comments about neighbourhood planning in Oxenhope please send an email to


We are slowly collating a Neighbourhood Plan library and will be adding additional documents as the project progresses. If you are unable to find what you are looking for below, please get in touch.

Name Downloads Version
Name Downloads Version
Heritage & Conservation
130 downloads 1.0
Lowertown Conservation Area Feedback
228 downloads 1.0
Project Briefing Note - Heritage
131 downloads 1.0

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If you would like to be kept up to date on development of a Neighbourhood Plan for Oxenhope please register your details using the form below.

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