Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Neighbourhood plan consultants chosen

CONSULTANTS have been appointed to help produce the joint Henley and Harpsden neighbourhood plan.

CONSULTANTS have been appointed to help produce the joint Henley and Harpsden neighbourhood plan.

Nexus Planning was chosen out of three shortlisted companies bidding for the £50,005 contract.

The town planning, regeneration and development consultancy is part of the Broadway Malyan design practice, which has 16 offices around the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia.

It has supported on a range of neighbourhood and community planning projects, including the Twickenham town centre area action plan and the Bridge Ward neighbourhood study in Newark, Nottinghamshire.

Henley town clerk Mike Kennedy said the company was the unanimous choice of the neighbourhood plan governance committee. He said: “They were best in terms of their presentation and in terms what they said they would deliver.

“Their brief is to work with the communities of Henley and Harpsden and to put together a comprehensive communications strategy because so far we have adopted a scattergun approach — we now have to focus.

“This will include a website, leaflets, posters and banners and a launch at the Henley Show. We still need to engage with people.”

Mr Kennedy said that he didn’t want residents of either Henley or Harpsden to say they did not know anything about the neighbourhood plan.

Earlier this month, South Oxfordshire District Council formally designated the area to be covered by the neighbourhood plan. There were 14 responses following consultation with residents of both Henley and Harpsden which were “overwhelmingly positive”.

Town councillor Dieter Hinke, who chairs the governance committee, said: “It’s all coming together really well and we can’t wait to get started.

“We realise that this process has taken a long time but it was important that we had Harpsden on board. We can now jointly go ahead and plan Henley/Harpsden for the next 14 years.

“It is you, the people, who can make the difference. This will be your plan and we look forward to meeting you.”

It is hoped that the neighbourhood plan will be ready for voting on in a referendum in 2015.

To volunteer to help in producing the plan, email Mr Kennedy at m.kennedy@henleytowncouncil.gov.uk

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