Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Homes referendum in May

RESIDENTS will have the chance to vote on Sonning Common’s neighbourhood plan in May.

RESIDENTS will have the chance to vote on Sonning Common’s neighbourhood plan in May.

The plan’s working party revealed the timing of the referendum at a public meeting attended by more than 60 people.

Nine possible sites for different types of development, mainly housing, will be put forward for consideration.

Councillor Barrie Greenwood, who chairs the working party, said: “We have to put down specific proposals and then consult with all the residents concerning individual sites.

“We also have to have further consultation with landowners as well as highways [officials] so there’s work to be done yet.

“At this point in time we’re heading in the right direction. Our objective is to be ready for a public referendum in May next year.” Eight sites were chosen from 14 originally earmarked by South Oxfordshire District Council to accommodate 152 homes due to be built by 2027.

Each one has different development options, which include recreational or office use as well as housing.

These have been approved by Sonning Common Parish Council.

The ninth site is land at Chiltern Edge School, whose governors have offered it for possible development.

The school land is in Kidmore End, where the parish council has given the go-ahead for it to be included in the plan, together with SON 4, one of the original sites, which includes four fields to the east of Kidmore Lane.

Cllr Greenwood and fellow Sonning Common councillor Leigh Rawlins have told Kidmore End councillors that SON 4 will be afforded greater protection as a result of their agreement.

Peppard Parish Council has allowed one of its sites, called SON 13, to be incorporated.

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