Welcome to the Benson Neighbourhood Plan


The Benson Neighbourhood Plan is being developed by the villagers of Benson for the villagers of Benson with the support of the Parish Council.  This is our opportunity as a community to shape the future of our village.  Your involvement in helping us to develop our Neighbourhood Plan over the coming months is crucial, thank you for your interest.

We will add further content to the website at regular intervals so do check back for new information.

The Benson Neighbourhood Plan Team


Questions to the Neighbourhood Team from The Examiner for the Benson plan

Please read the request here from the official examiner


Important Notice – Appeal Hearing for BEN5

You may be aware that outline planning approval for BEN1 Phase 2, including safeguarding the route of the Relief Road across the site and down to the A4074, was finally granted last week.  As a result, the appeal on the parallel application – which included no provision for the Relief Road and threatened to derail our Neighbourhood Plan – has been withdrawn.
This leaves the upcoming public inquiry on BEN5, which is not allocated in our Neighbourhood Plan and which again will have serious consequences for our Plan if it is granted.
The venue of this appeal inquiry has changed – it will now be held at Benson Parish Hall.  The hearing starts at 10am on Tuesday 20th February.   The Parish Council/Neighbourhood Plan Team will be putting it’s case for refusal at the inquiry alongside SODC.
It’s really important that the Inspector understands the strength of feeling in the village, so if you support the Neighbourhood Plan and don’t want it prejudiced by development on this site, please come along and support us!
Many thanks
Benson Plan Team

The Benson Plan – a message from South Oxfordshire District Council.

Dear Sir / Madam

Benson Parish Council has developed and submitted its Neighbourhood Plan to South Oxfordshire District Council.

We are now inviting comments on the plan and supporting documents during a publicity period running from Wednesday 13 December 2017 until Midnight on Sunday 28 January 2018.

You can view the Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents on our website, www.southoxon.gov.uk/benson.

Hard copies of the documents are available to view at Benson Library (Castle Square, Benson), Benson Parish Council’s office (Sunnyside, Benson) and South Oxfordshire District Council’s office (135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, Abingdon) during usual opening hours.

How to comment on the draft Neighbourhood Plan:

We encourage those responding to the consultation to use our online survey: here

If you do not wish to use our online survey, responses can also be made by:

email to planning.policy@southoxon.gov.uk
post to Planning Policy, South Oxfordshire District Council, 135 Eastern Avenue Milton Park, Abingdon, OX14 4SB
Please be aware that all the comments that we receive will be publicly available and your name may be displayed.

When commenting, you should bear in mind that the examiner will mainly assess the plan against the ‘basic conditions’. These are set out in one of the draft Neighbourhood Plan’s supporting documents – titled ‘Basic Conditions Statement’ – available on our website.

After the consultation closes, the draft Neighbourhood Plan, supporting documents and the comments received will be sent for independent examination.

The majority of examinations are expected to be through written representations, however the independent examiner will decide whether there is a need for a public examination.

The online survey asks for your views on whether there should be a public examination on the Benson Neighbourhood Plan. If you are emailing or writing to us, you can state whether you think there should be a public examination, as well as the specific reasons for the request. You can also request to be notified of South Oxfordshire District Council’s final decision to make (formally adopt) the Benson Neighbourhood Plan.

Thank you in advance for participating. If you have any queries, please contact South Oxfordshire District Council’s Planning Policy team on 01235 422600 or email planning.policy@southoxon.gov.uk.

Kind regards

Jodie Wales
Community Engagement Officer, South Oxfordshire District Council


St Helen’s Avenue Appeal

The Public Inquiry appeal hearing on Gladman’s proposal to build 130 houses on land south of St Helen’s Avenue (BEN7) was held at Fountain Conference Centre, Howbery Park on 1st and 2nd of August 2017.
SODC contested the appeal, and Benson PC and the Neighbourhood Plan team made our own case explaining why the site is not allocated in our Neighbourhood Plan and undermined both the Plan and the Edge Road.
Thanks to all of you who turned up. You will be pleased to hear that the Inspector dismissed the appeal so the development cannot proceed.
This is an important step for the Neighbourhood Plan which now retains its integrity and can proceed to the next step and will be submitted to SODC in October.

Benson  Plan Team

Benson Plan September Update

This is a very short update!
The team has now worked through all the comments and issues arising from the Draft Plan consultation, revising our approach and policies where necessary, and we are now in the final push towards submission of the Full Plan.  The whole process has taken considerably longer than we had hoped, almost entirely due to factors outside our control, but we now believe we are close to having a Plan that will be acceptable to SODC, who will take it on from here, and that it will be passed fit by the Inspector, whom SODC will appoint to examine it.
We aim therefore to submit the Full Plan in October and hope that SODC will expedite the examination to start in late November however we are very much reliant on SODC from this point onwards.  Provided the Inspector approves the Plan, SODC will initiate the Neighbourhood Plan Referendum early in the New Year, when the village will decide whether to support the Plan or not.  By law, this referendum will be preceded by a 28-day ‘purdah’ period, during which all communications on the subject are prohibited.
We will hold a village meeting once the Plan has been cleared for examination and well before the purdah period, in order to brief the community fully and answer any questions people have.  We will of course also keep you updated regularly, as we progress towards submission and beyond.
Thanks again for your patience!
Benson  Plan Team