Saturday, 21 July 2018

Housing plan ready for final inspection

A DOCUMENT naming 11 sites where 450 new homes should go in Henley and Harpsden is ready to

A DOCUMENT naming 11 sites where 450 new homes should go in Henley and Harpsden is ready to be examined by a planning inspector.

The third and final draft of the parishes’ joint neighbourhood plan has been completed and is due to be given to South Oxfordshire District Council for scrutiny.

Henley Town Council, which is overseeing the process, will hold a special meeting at the town hall on Monday (7.30pm) to formally approve the plan.

No major changes have been made to the document since the end of the six-week consultation on the second draft in February and March.

The document says up to 222 homes should be built at four sites off Greys Road: 140 at the Highlands Farm industrial estate, 42 at Henley Enterprise Park, also known as Empstead Works, 27 on the site of the Chilterns End care home and 13 at the Makower textiles offices near the King James Way roundabout.

It calls for up 40 homes on a field south-west of Fair Mile, up to 10 at the former Royal Marine Reserve headquarters in Friday Street and up to 20 at the offices of removal firm Wilkins and up to 23 on the site of the former Henley Youth Centre, both in Deanfield Avenue.

The former Jet garage in Reading Road is earmarked for up to 30 while up to 55 are recommended for the former Exclusively Ladies gym opposite Tesco, also in Reading Road.

The final site is a 3.4-hectare playing field at the eastern edge of Gillotts School’s land, which is earmarked for up to 50 homes.

The academy has permission to dispose of the land but if the plan falls through then Highlands Farm would take another 30 houses and Fair Mile would take 20.

All houses must be built by 2027 to meet national targets.

Once the district council has received the plan it will hold another six-week public consultation before passing it to the inspector, who will have the final say. The plan is expected to go to a referendum by October and will become legally binding if more than half of voters approve it.

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