Saturday, 19 August 2017

Planning consultation visitor numbers encouraging

ABOUT 100 people attended the first event of a public consultation exercise on the latest draft of the joint Henley and Harpsden neighbourhood plan

ABOUT 100 people attended the first event of a public consultation exercise on the latest draft of the joint Henley and Harpsden neighbourhood plan.

The drop-in session was held at the town hall on Saturday and gave residents a chance to view the plan, which names 11 sites where 450 new homes should be built by 2027.

Dieter Hinke, who chairs the plan?s governance committee, said the number of visitors was ?very encouraging?. ?Because there are new sites in this draft we do need people to come along to give their opinions,? he said. ?This is a chance for the people to say to South Oxfordshire District Council ?this is where we think the houses should go, not where you want them to go?.?

The consultation began on February 6 and will last six weeks. The plan is on display at the town hall and visitors can take survey forms to complete after reading it. It can also be viewed online. Henley Town Council, which is overseeing the process, has organised several drop-in sessions where people can ask questions. Two others will be held at the town hall on March 13 (noon to 8pm) and March 14 (10am to 4pm).

An exhibition will be held at Harpsden village hall tomorrow (Saturday) from 12.30pm to 2.30pm. There will also be a roadshow in the town hall at the Henley House and Garden Show on Saturday, February 28 from 10am to 6pm and on Sunday, March 1 from 11am until 4pm. For more information, visit www.jhhnp.co.uk

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