Village News

Benson Neighbourhood Plan (Update on progress)

We have received the initial comments and questions from the Independent Examiner reviewing the Plan. His letter can be downloaded here - download letter.

Important Notice - Appeal Hearing for BEN 5

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- which included no provision for the Relief Road and threatened to derail our Neighbourhood Plan - has been withdrawn.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 HallThe 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

  Parish Council Vacancies

SODC have now confirmed there have been no requests for an election and the Council can go ahead and co-opt new members as soon as is practicable. If you are interested in joining the Parish Council, please send your personal biography and your reasons for wishing to join, to the clerk, as soon as possible ( "Do something positive and make a difference by influencing decisions that affect your community"!

 Benson Neighbourhood Plan

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,

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.

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

email to
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
Kind regards

Jodie Wales
Community Engagement Officer, South Oxfordshire District Council 


Oxford Road Closure and traffic management (Message from Westpoint Construction):

The originally planned closure of the Oxford Road will now only be for a maximum of 5 days and will come in to force on Tuesday 5th December and will run until Saturday 9th December. The diversion routes originally planned will come in to effect and remain in effect between these dates. There will be no access through the closure during the works

Littleworth Road residents will access there properties from the Watlington Street end and will receive letters directly to advise of arrangements proposed during the surfacing of Littleworth Road. 

It would be very much appreciated and assist all concerned if consideration could be given to parking around the diversion routes as agreed as inconsiderate parking could cause delays and disruption for residents and commuters alike. 

As throughout this process we will endeavour to shorten the period of works requiring the closure and so  minimise disruption to local residents and passing traffic whilst maintaining the highest possible standards of Health and Safety for all.


New Office Email Addresses

Please note the Parish Office email addresses have changed to;




Lost Property

We have a large collection of lost property from around the village held here at the Parish Hall. The collecion has been here for many months and includes numerous coats, jackets and jumpers. If you think something might be yours, please let us know as all items will be cleared at the end of this week



Benson Parish Clerk organises a Litter Pick through Benson village every two months.  Please contact the Clerk direct at Benson Parish Hall for further details.