Monday, 23 October 2017

150 at display to promote draft neighbourhood plan

AN exhibition to promote the joint Henley and Harpsden neighbourhood plan was held at Henley town hall on Friday and Saturday, write James Burton and Helen Patchett.

About 150 people attended the event, where town councillors and staff from consultants Nexus Planning were on hand to answer questions. The exhibition featured boards summarising the plan’s key points and visitors were encouraged to fill out questionnaires.

Mayor Martin Akehurst, who attended on Friday, said: “It is vital that people engage with the plan because it will give us some level of control over Henley’s future.It will safeguard the town from uncontrolled development and allow it to grow in a more planned way, which will preserve its uniqueness.”

The plan recommends nine sites in Henley and Harpsden where up to 485 homes could be built between now and 2027. It also makes recommendations on traffic and transport, the environment, employment, social infrastructure and the local economy.

So far almost 100 people have completed questionnaires online while others have picked up printed copies at the town hall.

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