Consultations

Information about National and Local Consultations

 

Cherwell District Council’s current consultations can be found here https://www.cherwell.gov.uk/directory/41/consultations 

Details of South Oxfordshire District Council's current consultations can be found here https://www.southoxon.gov.uk/south-oxfordshire-district-council/about-the-council/get-in-touch/consultations/https://www.southoxon.gov.uk/south-oxfordshire-district-council/about-the-council/get-in-touch/consultations/

West Oxfordshire District Council consultation website is here https://www.westoxon.gov.uk/about-the-council/having-your-say/consultations/

Vale of White Horse District Council consultation website is here https://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/vale-of-white-horse-district-council/about-the-council/get-in-touch/consultations/

 

Oxfordshire County Council:  Using their consultation page you can find the list of current County Council consultations available for you to respond to. 

 

 

National Consultations

See National News section as well, for items which may be news as well as consultations.

 

The Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail - A Consultation on Legislation to Implement Rail Transformation

The government is asking for opinions on proposed changes to primary legislation required to bring about rail reform.

This consultation covers:

  • core functions and duties of Great British Railways
  • new governance framework
  • reform of wider industry structures and processes

The government is also seeking evidence of the risks and potential implications of the policies proposed to inform the impact assessments. This includes any potential costs, benefits, disadvantages or risks.

The government's current appraisal is contained in the impact assessments published alongside this consultation. It will be updated when the Transport Bill is laid in Parliament.

 

The Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail – A Consultation on Legislation to Implement Rail Transformation (publishing.service.gov.uk)

NALC survey on recent local elections

NALC has issued a survey to parish and town councils, councillors and county associations on the local elections this year.

The survey will collect data on promotion, planning and resourcing that go into holding local elections. NALC will use this data to highlight ways to support the local council sector and improve the election process through training, resources, and lobbying the government and stakeholders.

In 2021, NALC launched its Make A Change campaign to promote local elections and encourage people from all backgrounds and experiences to run for election. The survey will also look at the campaign's resources to determine usage, usefulness and improvements.

The survey closes on 24 June 2022. Complete the survey here May 2022 Local Elections Survey (surveymonkey.co.uk)

Green Paper on Nature Recovery - Defra

The proposals set out in this Green Paper support ambitions to restore nature and halt the decline in species abundance by 2030.

The Green Paper includes options to bring clarity and coherence to our framework for protected sites; to reform species protections; and to modernise funding arrangements. It also looks at what institutional and delivery arrangements would best support our nature recovery objectives.

We are setting out proposals to create a system which better reflects the latest science and the impending impacts of climate change, which better reflects our domestic species and habitats, and which will help us achieve our significant goals to recover nature. 

Opened 16th March 2022

Closes 11 May 2022

 

Nature Recovery Green Paper: Protected Sites and Species - Defra - Citizen Space

Protecting and enhancing the environment of new housing and infrastructure developments consultation

Protecting and enhancing the environment of new housing and infrastructure developments consultation

Plans to ensure wildlife can be better protected and enhanced in developments have been set out in a consultation launched on 11th January.

The proposals set out in the Biodiversity Net Gain consultation will help communities, planners, developers and local planning authorities ensure new developments are “nature positive” – which means putting nature and biodiversity gain at the heart of all decision-making and design.

Biodiversity Net Gain is an approach to development that leaves biodiversity in a better state than before – protecting existing habitats and ensuring that any impacts on biodiversity are compensated for with natural habitat and ecological features over and above what is affected.

The government has also announced over £4 million to help local planning authorities and other councils with planning oversight, to prepare for Biodiversity Net Gain which will become mandatory two years after Royal Assent of the Environment Act.

 

Closes on 5th April 2022

Announcement:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/protecting-and-enhancing-the-environment-to-be-at-the-heart-of-new-housing-and-infrastructure-developments

 

Local Consultations

See Local News section as well, for items which may be news as well as consultations.