Oxenhope Parish Plan
A Parish Plan Steering Committee was established at the start of 2005 by Oxenhope Village Council to co-ordinate the work of preparing a Parish Plan. Funding support was secured from Bradford Vision.
A series of consultation activities were carried out to seek public views and to involve and engage local residents and organisations in the Plan. This included the distribution of a questionnaire and events held to consult with local people. The views obtained formed the basis for the Parish Plan and highlighted the distinctive character and qualities that make Oxenhope an attractive and flourishing local community.
They have also identified the steps necessary to sustain and improve community life. The Parish Plan built on the pioneering publication of the Oxenhope Village Design Statement in 1999, and was intended as a vehicle to identify common policies and priorities with neighbouring authorities and agencies, and particularly with the Bradford Metropolitan District Council’s (BMDC) 2020 Vision.
The involvement of many people helped produce a Plan which aimed to conserve what is valued about Oxenhope, and to provide a framework for change where it was felt to be needed.
The Oxenhope Village Design Statement aimed to describe the special character of the various settlements which together form the village of Oxenhope as they have evolved in the distinctive setting of a Pennine valley head, and to shape future development by its adoption as the basis for Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG). This Statement drew on local knowledge and residents’ views as to how the community should develop and prosper while maintaining its individual identity. The recommendations contained within this Statement were intended to support and supplement Bradford Council’s Unitary Development Plan (UDP) as it was applied to Oxenhope
In 1975, the Oxenhope Village Society produced a survey and recommendations on preservation of the village.
The Oxenhope Village Society was constituted in April 1973, to protect and preserve and stimulate public interest in the area comprising the village of Oxenhope, to promote high standards of town planning and architecture in the area, and to secure the preservation, conservation, development and improvement of features of general public amenity or historic or public interest.