Thursday, 19 October 2017

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RESIDENTS will have 15 hours in which to vote in the referendum on the joint Henley and Harpsden neighbourhood plan

RESIDENTS will have 15 hours in which to vote in the referendum on the joint Henley and Harpsden neighbourhood plan.

The vote will take place on Thursday, March 10 and polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm.

It is expected these will be Henley town hall and Harpsden village hall.

You are entitled to vote if you are on the electoral roll for Henley or Harpsden and these residents will receive polling cards.

If you are not registered to vote you have until February 23 to do so.

The question on the ballot paper will be: “Do you want South Oxfordshire District Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Henley and Harpsden to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”

The neighbourhood plan names 11 sites where 500 properties should be built by 2027 in order to meet government targets.

If more than half of voters in the two parishes vote in favour of it, the document will become legally binding and effectively prevent developers from building elsewhere.

The plan has already been approved and amended by an independent examiner and is now with South Oxfordshire District Council, the planning authority.

The sites include the former youth centre in Deanfield Road, which was said to be able to accommodate 23 homes but where a care home is now planned, and the former Jet garage in Reading Road, which was earmarked for 55 homes but has since been bought by McCarthy & Stone with plans for an “assisted living scheme” for elderly people with disabilities.

Oakford Homes, of Twyford, has exchanged contracts on the site of removals and storage firm Wilkins in Deanfield Avenue, which was earmarked for 20 new homes in the plan, and wants to build 23 flats.

Developer Crest Nicholson has applied for outline planning permission for 170 homes at the Highlands Farm industrial estate off Greys Road. The plan earmarked the same number.

The document also identified the following sites for development: Henley Enterprise Park (42 homes); the site of the Chilterns End care home (27); the Makower textiles offices in Greys Road (13); a site south-west of Fair Mile (about 60), the former Royal Marine Reserve headquarters in Friday Street (10); the former Exclusively Ladies gym opposite Tesco (30) and a playing field at Gillotts School (50).



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