Sunday, 17 December 2017

Progress on neighbourhood plan

CONSULTATION about the area to be included in the joint Henley and Harpsden neighbourhood plan is about to end

CONSULTATION about the area to be included in the joint Henley and Harpsden neighbourhood plan is about to end

Residents have until next Friday to submit their comments to South Oxfordshire District Council.

If there are no objections to the new boundary, which includes the whole parishes of both parishes, then work on the plan should begin by the end of the month.

Dieter Hinke, who chairs the neighbourhood planning governance committee, said: “The next stage after getting approval will be to set up the structure which will let the communities of Henley and Harpsden really get involved.

“We are fortunate in that Thame, whose neighbourhood plan has just gone through referendum with a resounding 76 per cent ‘yes’ vote, can offer us a template to look at.

“We will set up topic groups in which all residents, businesses and community groups within the neighbourhood plan area can apply to be involved. We have had many volunteers already. These groups will reflect what the residents have told us so far, or have yet to tell us, about the issues that are most important to them.”

The committee is applying for a £15,000 grant from the district council which will be used to employ a planning consultant to help write the plan.

A website will be available within the next two weeks that will allow residents to comment and find out information.

An exhibition will be held at Harpsden village fete next month where councillors from both Henley and Harpsden will be present to take questions.

To take part in the consultation on the neighbourhood planning area, visit www.consult. southandvale.gov.uk and to volunteer in producing the plan, email town clerk Mike Kennedy at m.kennedy@henleytowncouncil.gov.uk

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