Sunday, 20 August 2017

Housing plan forum agrees way forward

A FORUM guiding Watlington’s neighbourhood plan has agreed a series of actions to ensure work progresses.

A FORUM guiding Watlington’s neighbourhood plan has agreed a series of actions to ensure work progresses.

Advisory groups dealing with issues including traffic, development sites and infrastructure met on Monday at the Watlington Club.

The forum agreed that the scope of the documentation for development sites should be slimmed down.

It also agreed a strategy for looking at sites and establishing criteria for assessing them. It will meet again on December 3.

The traffic group decided to break its work down into three areas - policy, traffic survey data and air quality. It will also re-examine the first two consultation documents.



The group thought it necessary to obtain impact assessments of traffic-related policies and will next meet on December 1.

The infrastructure group established that some modelling was needed to assess requirements and feed into the other groups. It will meet again on December 2.

A co-ordinating group will report to a neighbourhood plan steering committee made up of parish councillors, which will report to the full council.

A referendum on the plan is unlikely to take place before September 2017.

The town has been allocated 79 new homes to be built by 2027 in order to meet government targets but this number could rise.

The forum was created following months of delays in developing the plan and aims to engage more members of the community.



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