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Neighbourhood Plan

What is a Neighbourhood Plan ?

In very simple terms, a neighbourhood plan is:

  • A document that sets out planning policies for the neighbourhood area. Planning policies are used to decide whether to approve planning applications
  • Written by the local community, the people who know and love the area, rather than the Local Planning Authority
  • A powerful tool to ensure the community gets the right types of development, in the right place.

Local people can create a plan that allows them to develop planning policies that reflect the priorities of their area and have real legal weight. The whole community then decides at a referendum vote whether the local authority should bring the plan into force.

A neighbourhood plan is an important document with real legal force, therefore there are certain formal procedures that it must go through.


Cox Green Parish Council is the submitting authority for the Maidenhead & Cox Green Neighbourhood Plan (a dedicated website can be accessed by clicking here). Whilst a part of the neighbourhood plan area, Cox Green is a distinctive community and as such the Plan will contain Cox Green specific policies. The involvement of our community is vital to help formulate these policies and the Parish Council is keen to hear from our residents including:

  • Your thoughts as to what you regard as important in Cox Green.
  • Where development should go
  • What should be protected
  • Traffic, infrastructure and parking
  • Community facilities, open spaces and recreational areas
  • Green Belt
  • Schools, health and social wellbeing provision
  • and more

This list is not exhaustive so if you have any opinions relevant to the neighbourhood plan please send them to the Council's Office -