Thursday, 19 October 2017

Working groups discuss neighbourhood plan

MORE than 100 people attended the first working group sessions for the joint Henley and Harpsden neighbourhood plan at the

MORE than 100 people attended the first working group sessions for the joint Henley and Harpsden neighbourhood plan at the town hall last week.

Over a three-day period they examined issues and opportunities for housing, retail, transport, environment and social infrastructure.

Contributors debated how to deal with shop vacancies, school capacity and bridge traffic as well as discussing objectives for new homes. Councillor Dieter Hinke, chairman of the neighbourhood planning governance committee, said: “I am delighted with the progress made so far and very pleased with the volunteers and the hard work they have put in.

“These sessions have been hugely productive and we are looking forward to the next stage in November.”

The neighbourhood plan will decide where 400 new homes will be built in Henley and Harpsden and residents have been invited to contribute to discussions. The next workshops will be held between November 4 and 7 and will begin to examine approaches to delivering on the objectives, including options and implications for different housing site arrangements.

Public consultation on these ideas is planned for December with further consultation and a referendum due to take place next year. Anyone wanting to get involved with the plan can download a registration form at www.jhhnp.co.uk

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