Sunday, 22 October 2017

Hundreds visit planning roadshow

HUNDREDS of residents visited a stand to promote the joint Henley and Harpsden neighbourhood plan.

HUNDREDS of residents visited a stand to promote the joint Henley and Harpsden neighbourhood plan.

Town councillors and staff from consultants Nexus Planning manned the stand in Market Place on Saturday, answering questions and handing out information leaflets and a questionnaire about people’s likes and dislikes.

Dieter Hinke, who chairs the neighbourhood planning governance committee, said the response was “fantastic”.

“Of all the public consultations we have done, this was by far the best,” he said.

“We started at 10am and planned to finish by 4pm but it was so busy we stayed for an extra hour.”

A key issue for the plan is to recommend where 400 homes will be built in Henley by 2027. Other issues include transport, the environment, the economy and social facilities.

Councillor Hinke said many people were concerned about the impact of development on traffic volumes.

He added: “They were pointing out that we are a small market town and can’t widen our roads so how can we take 400 homes with the traffic issues that we already have?”

About 60 residents have signed up to join one of the groups that will be set up next month to discuss the different issues.

Another drop-in session will be held at the Henley Show on Saturday.

The plan is expected to take about a year to produce. A draft will be submitted to South Oxfordshire District Council in the spring and the final public referendum is due to take place in the autumn next year.

For more information, visit www.jhhnp.co.uk or www.facebook.com/jhhnp

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