Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Another step forward for neighbourhood plan

WATLINGTON Parish Council has submitted a formal application to create a neighbourhood plan.

WATLINGTON Parish Council has submitted a formal application to create a neighbourhood plan.

The document presented to South Oxfordshire District Council outlines the scope and approach of the plan and a map of the area, including the neighbouring parish of Cuxham.

Councillors are in talks with the parishes of Pyrton and Britwell Salome about whether they would like to be included.

The plan is expected to address housing, transport and highways, commerce and business, green space, recreation and leisure facilities, infrastructure, utilities and the environment.

The neighbourhood plan committee will decide in what order their chosen topics should be addressed following the expected approval by the district council.

Parish council chairman Ian Hill said: “A neighbourhood plan will give us the opportunity to protect open space between Watlington and the surrounding villages.”

Nick Hancock, chairman of the town’s plan group, has said the plan will allow residents to “determine the town’s destiny”.

A final decision on whether to prepare a full plan will be subject to formal appraisal of the work required and the budget available.

Meanwhile, a housing needs survey is to be undertaken in Benson.

The parish council has agreed to spend up to £2,500 on the survey, which will be used to help prepare the village’s neighbourhood plan.

Oxfordshire Rural Community Council will send out surveys to every resident early next month with questions about their household, their opinions on development in Benson and about affordable housing needs.

Residents can return the survey using a Freepost reply envelope.

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