Saturday, 19 August 2017

Housing plan delay setback

THE joint Henley and Harpsden neighbourhood plan looks set to be published a year late.

The document, which will identify where 400 to 485 new homes should be built, could be delayed until next October if a second public consultation is needed.

When the process began just over 12 months ago, the plan was expected to go to a referendum in the two parishes next month.

The revised timetable was revealed on Tuesday at a meeting of Henley Town Council, which agreed to set aside an extra £10,000 on top of its original £60,000 budget to fund more consultation.

The first consultation on the draft plan took place over seven weeks this summer but only 54 per cent of 568 respondents supported its recommendations. Half were against plans to build 190 homes at Highlands Farm, off Greys Road, including 60 extra care units for the elderly.

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