Development Phasing Plan

To see the current phasing of development please click HERE


Cherwell Local Plan

District Councils have a statutory duty to prepare Local Plans for their areas. These must take account of the required amount of housing during the plan period. The housing required is calculated on a regional basis and each Council must take its share. The plan also addresses employment, commercial uses (such as shopping), roads and traffic and so on.

The Cherwell Local Plan was approved in May 2015 after a long and involved exercise culminating in an Examination in Public in front of a Planning Inspector.

The plan requires that Heyford Park takes its share of the new housing – an additional 1600 houses between now and 2031. This is in addition to the 1100 new houses already approved, some of which are under construction, and the 300 or so existing house.

Thus by 2031 Heyford Park will have 3000 houses. The population will be roughly 9000 – making is a large village.

Planning applications submitted by developers have to be in accordance with the Local Plan (and, if one exists, the Neighbourhood Plan). However if the District Council fails to ensure that a five year land supply is available then developers may well succeed on appeal in getting permissions for housing which is not in accord with the Plan.  Currently (October 2015) Cherwell District Council has a five year land supply.


Mid-Cherwell Neighbourhood Plan

Much more housing  is going to be built in Cherwell over the next few years, and we will have to consider things like the possible impact of increased traffic and other travel issues, and the need for additional facilities. Our Association is participating in the development of a new Neighbourhood Plan for the Mid-Cherwell area. This initiative could play an important role in shaping the future of our local villages by determining, with statutory force, what development might be welcome and what might not be.

The engagement of local people is essential to the process and in the next couple of months you will be hearing about local meetings in all the villages. In the meantime, please look at the Neighbourhood Plan website and ask to be kept updated by e-mail.

The Neighbourhood Plan website is at

The Localism Act allows Parish Councils (or groups of Parishes) to produce Neighbourhood Plans for their areas. They don’t have to do this, but it is an excellent means of ensuring that local voices are heard in the planning process. Neighbourhood Plans must be in accordance with the strategic policies of the Local Plan. Thus, a Neighbourhood Plan which didn’t allow for the building of the number of houses stated in the Local Plan would fail to be adopted and would have no force.

When a Neighbourhood Plan is adopted it carries a lot of weight in the planning decision making process. In fact, it can trump the Local Plan on matters of detail.

The Heyford Park Residents Association has been working for the last 18 months with 11 surrounding Parishes in preparing a Neighbourhood Plan for the Mid-Cherwell Area. The Parishes involved are – Upper Heyford, Lower Heyford, Middleton Stoney, Ardley with Fewcott, Fritwell, Somerton, Steeple Aston, Middle Aston, North Aston, Duns Tew, Kirtlington. The Dorchester Group is also part of the team working on this plan and they have provided a lot of administrative and technical support.

It is hoped that the Mid-Cherwell Neighbourhood Plan will be finalised sometime during 2016, but there is still much work to do.

The Residents Association has defined what it wants to achieve in this.

Also see –


Develpoment Framework (or Master Plan)

This kind of plan adds detail to the other two. One is currently (Feb 2016) being prepared for Heyford Park. Cherwell District Council and the Dorchester Group have jointly appointed a firm of specialist consultants to do the work on this. The consultants are LDA Design. See their website at The Framework will show fairly accurately the locations of the housing areas, playing fields, parks, roads, footpaths and many other details. The community will be consulted befor this plan is approve.

Here is a link to the plan issued for consultation by Cherwell District Council in April 2016:



Planning Permissions

There are two main kinds of application – outline (sometimes called application in principle) and detailed. Outline applications, if approved, establish the principle that something is permitted to happen on a piece of land. For example permission could be granted for 50 houses without the details of site layout, landscaping and design being submitted. If such a permission is granted the developer has to submit all of the required details (the detailed application) within three years of the original outline permission being granted. In places such as Heyford Park where the Local Plan allocates housing and the Development Framework adds quite a lot of detail, there is no real need for developers to apply for outline permission as the principle that development can take place has already been established.