Henley Standard Property
HOME

Date:

Order your copy Advertise with us! HENLEY PAGES
Delivering the news from Henley on Thames and South Oxfordshire for over 100 years
  News     Sport    Celebrity   What's On Regulars Community Info Henley Standard TV Lifestyle Property Jobs Classifieds Gallery Trade
                               Follow us    Follow us    Newsfeed Search the Henley Standard  
Companies saved as plan is rejected
Published 14/03/08



Business owners are celebrating after a planning application which could have forced them out of Henley was rejected.

Long-established companies based at Empstead Works feared for their futures after land owners Waldens announced plans to redevelop its premises and build homes and apartments on the site.

But South Oxfordshire District Council last week kicked out the application, labelling the development ‘cramped, intrusive and out of character’ and warning the loss of employment land would be ‘detrimental’ to the balance of Henley.

Some of the town’s best known companies, including Courtenays Garage, RHL and Lawlors Bakery, have units on the site.

Courtenays Garage started at Empstead more than 15 years ago and dealt with more than 2,500 customers in 2007, predominantly from the nearby area.

Delighted owner Casey Courtenay told the Standard: “It is fantastic news.

“We were extremely worried about what might happen. So many of our customers come from Henley, and there is no way we could have afforded to stay here is the application had been approved.

“The planners have been very clear about what these plans would have done to Henley, and we just hope they don’t go back on their word. “A large number of our customers have mentioned how unhappy they were with the plans, and asked us where they were going to go if we left.

“We are just happy to be staying in the town and look forward to continue working for our loyal customers.

Simon Smith, of fan manufacturers RHL, said: “It is not only a great result for the businesses on the site, but good news for the town as a whole.

“There are two few of these smaller units in Henley where one man bands can start up their own businesses. It is a perfect area for people to launch a company, because many other places around here are so staggeringly expensive.

“Hopefully this will give the small companies around here peace of mind and let them carry on doing what they do.”

In refusing the application, the planning inspector pointed to a list of reasons why the development would not benefit Henley. “The proposal fails to reinforce local distinctiveness and will result in a cramped environment and an overdevelopment of the site detrimental to the character and visual amenities of the area.

“The development does not demonstrate a high standard of sustainable design [and] it fails to make provision for affordable housing in accordance with the South Oxfordshire Local Plan.”

Waldens declined to comment.


Published 14/03/08

MOST POPULAR
Travellers camp on Jubilee Park
Drug dealer jailed
Purse stolen from shopper in Waitrose
Annual swan upping shows stable count
Collision causes traffic jam
Refurbished playground to open this weekend
Stars share stage at Henley Festival 2014
How police keep peace on busiest night
LATEST NEWS HEADLINES
Extreme hair cut for cancer charity
Henley rocks at Music on the Meadows
One-of-a-kind play area opens in Henley
10,000 consultation cost for housing offer
Mayor of Wokingham opens Sunrise tea dance
Council to carry out tree cutting
Local philanthropist causes feminist stir
History of Wilfred Owen in Dunsden researched
Family are best newcomers at rag regatta
New role curries favour with businesswoman
Woman upsets neighbours with boating channel plan
Local MP donates books to library
Latest Video View more from   Henley Standard TV
ADVERTISE WITH US
LATEST SPORTS HEADLINES
Teenager chosen as volunteer in Glasgow
Successful Masters Regatta for Upper Thames
Henley Rowing Club’s GB junior eight triumph
Villagers secure bragging rights
Runner representing England in Commonwealth Games
Top Videos
 
Most Popular
 
 
 
 
Higgs Group
HIGGS GROUP
Tel: 01491 419400
www.higgsgroup.co.uk
HENLEY PAGES
Tel: 01491 419419
www.henleypages.com
HIGGS PRINTING & DESIGN
Tel: 01491 419429
www.higgsprinting.co.uk
HIGGS OFFICE SUPPLIES
Tel: 01491 419499
www.higgsofficesupplies.co.uk
HENLEY LIFE MAGAZINE
Tel: 01491 419449
www.henleylife.co.uk
HIGGS GROUP, Caxton House, 1 Station Road, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1AD.

Cookie Policy | Copyright and Terms | Competition Rules | Contact Us | Advertise with us | Site Map
© Higgs & Co (Printers) Limited 2013  |  Registered in England number 1418717