Wantage Town CouncilWantage Neighbourhood Plan

The Town Council is working with the Vale of White Horse District Council and consultants to shape a strategy for how our town will look and develop over the next 20 years.

Mr John Parmiter FRICS, FRSA, MRTPI was appointed as independent examiner of the Wantage Neighbourhood Plan.

We have now received the examiner’s report (234.0 KB) PDF on Monday 1 August with the recommendation not to proceed to referendum.  In his report, which has been published on Vale of White Horse District Council’s website, the examiner explained that in his view the plan doesn’t meet the necessary ‘basic conditions’ as set out in the Localism Act.

The examiner recommends that whilst a number of policies would meet the basic conditions in the draft neighbourhood plan, many weren’t backed up by sufficient evidence.

The district council has already made a number of recommendations based on the inspector’s findings, and is now working closely with the town council to revise the plan so it should meet the basic conditions next time it’s submitted.

Further details regarding the Wantage Neighbourhood Plan are available to view by visiting:

The Inspector requested that more detailed maps of the areas covered by Policy 11 be provided and these are available here


Next steps

The Town Council Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group will meet on 31 August at 7.30pm at the Beacon to discuss the actions necessary to revise the plan.

You can view or download a copy of the Plan which has been submitted here (PDF).

Then the plan will be subject to consultation again before it can be resubmitted.


After the District Council had approved the application from Wantage Town Council to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan, the Town Council hired a Consultant and the District Council provided expert assistance. Volunteers were recruited.

The teams of Volunteers  prepared SWOTs (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats). They also prepared the surveys sent to residents and stakeholders.

Feedback from the 1600+ surveys and a workshop with a group of 40 stakeholders helped us to identify the areas where policies would be useful.

The Draft Plan was published for comment and over 1000 comments were received.

The updated Pre-Submission Plan was based on all of this feedback and expert advice and was published for consultation again. More comments were received and more changes have been made as a result. The main changes were to add more green spaces for designation as "Local Green Space". We hope that you are happy with the plan that we have submitted.

The Consultation held by the District Council generated further comments which have been submitted to the Inspector.



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