Friday, 20 July 2018

Urban designer works on neighbourhood plan

WATLINGTON’S neighbourhood plan committee has a new member.

WATLINGTON’S neighbourhood plan committee has a new member.

Rebecca Hart, an urban designer, has lived in the town for 10 years having moved to Britain in 2000 from Dayton, Ohio, where she was conservation officer.

Mrs Hart said: “I studied planning and urban design at Oxford Brookes University and am now an urban designer for Wycombe District Council.

“I have also done consulting work for Chiltern District Council and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. My work generally focuses on large schemes, residential, commercial and leisure.”

The vacancy came about after Gill Bindoff was asked to resign in October.

Commitee chairman Nick Hancock said: “The committee was not working as effectively as it could have done.” Mrs Bindoff replied: “I think it’s fair to say I’d lost confidence in the process and so when Nick asked me if I would be willing to go I said I would resign straight away.”

She said the committee hadn’t been “in a hurry” to replace her but added: “I’m absolutely delighted that they have co-opted Rebecca because I think she will be excellent.”

Mrs Bindoff said she had joined the committee because she was committed to community-led planning.

“I felt it was a wonderful opportunity for the people of Watlington to be very hands- on in helping to develop the plan but it didn’t really head in that direction.”

The town has been allocated 79 new homes to be built by 2027 under South Oxfordshire District Council’s core strategy.

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