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Apologies for going a little quiet, work has been going on in the background! The Vale has reviewed our draft plan and we have been incorporating the feedback into the overall document and adding detail to the evidence where required. For example, we have spent time adding more photos and description to the ‘Important Views’ report. 

We have also been consulting with landowners with respect to Local Green Space designations. If you have received a letter and draft report from the Parish Clerk about this and would like to chat any aspect through then please contact us via

We have sent all our draft documentation through to a planning consultant to check for legality and technical content and we will review this at our next Steering Group on the 23rd October.

We aim to go for a pre-submission consultation in November. This is a mandatory consultation to gather feedback ahead of a Planning Inspector examination and Referendum. The draft NP will be available on our website, with hard copies at public places around the parish. We will also be holding 3 drop-in events (dates and venues to be confirmed)

Starting to feel like this is the home straight! The consultation will help us understand how close we are to matching policies to the results of the Big Survey we did last year:)... watch this space!


The latest piece of our evidence is now uploaded to our website. The Groundwater Risk Assessment was commissioned in response to concerns fed back to the Parish Council over a number of years, and the outcomes of our Big Survey, where 39% of residents within Cumnor Parish were concerned about increasing groundwater flooding. The report can be found here.


The Landscape Character Assessment has been undertaken by an external consultant to ensure an independent assessment. We have accessed central government funding via the Locality Fund for this work. This report divides the parish into 14 separate areas. It describes landform, biodiversity, the built form, community assets, important views plus recommendations for managing and protecting distinctiveness. It brings together all recent studies relating to Cumnor's landscape such as the Oxfordshire County Council Green belt study, The Vale of White Horse's own LCA, a recent green belt assessment of Cumnor specific land parcels, National Character Area profiles, OWLS information and detail of Local Wildlife Sites. Click here to view a copy of the report.


The Cumnor Parish Big Survey - The Results Are In! To download the report, click here. Over 1,000 people responded to our household survey on a range of topics from housing to green spaces to air traffic noise. Thank you to everyone who took the time to send in their thoughts. The report can be read as a stand alone document or If you would like to do your own analysis or look deeper into the data, you can view these on our "Big Survey" page.

To view the most recent versions of our Character Assessments click here 

Our next Steering Group Meeting is on Wednesday 23rd October 2019 in The Garden Room, United Reformed Church, Leys Road, Cumnor at 7:30pm.


Welcome to the Cumnor Neighbourhood Plan website. Cumnor Parish Neighbourhood Plan is led by Cumnor Parish Council and is being created by local volunteers who are interested in their local area and keen to have a positive impact on planning policy in the future. If you would like to get involved, either on the Steering Group to advise and guide direction or you have a particular interest such as Local Green Spaces or local business, then the contact details can be found in each section. 


What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

The Neighbourhood Plan is a blueprint for how we want our community to look like over the next 15 years. It will be developed by volunteers in the local community who are interested in preserving and enhancing the environment, the economy, our housing and the infrastructure that goes with it. If you would like to know more about Neighbourhood Planning, click here for some excellent resources and case studies from


If you are reading this, you are already getting involved. Click on any of the pages, read more about what is happening and contact us via email, our Facebook page or on Twitter using the username @MyCumnor and get involved!

Our plan will be made up of a number of policies that will carry equal weight with the recently adopted Local Plan Part 1, and can cover areas such as

  • the location, density and design of new homes

  • the protection, and enhancement of, local green spaces and sensitive environments such as The Hurst

  • the promotion of more sustainable transport

  • ensuring we have the right school, community and medical facilities in place for a growing population, and in place before or alongside housing development

  • the identification of economic opportunities that provide jobs for local people and do not detract from currently thriving independent businesses

  • preserve and enhance Cumnor Parish's rich and varied heritage.

The map on the left shows the entire boundary of Cumnor Parish. It is made up of 4 wards - Farmoor, Dean Court, Cumnor Hill and Cumnor Village.


The original boundary was established to reflect the 4 tithings, hence to the north extends to the back of Wytham Wood, south west out to Chilswell Farm, to the south at Henwood and east to Dean Court which has the highest density of the Parish population at 42% of nearly 7,000 residents. 75% of the Parish is farmland. A large Reservoir sits to the north west of the Parish and was built in 1967.

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