Saturday, 28 November 2020

Date chosen for referendum on neighbourhood plan

A DATE has been set for the referendum on Sonning Common’s neighbourhood development plan.

A DATE has been set for the referendum on Sonning Common’s neighbourhood development plan.

Residents on the electoral role will be able to vote on September 29.

If more than 50 per cent of voters are in favour then the plan will be rubber-stamped by South Oxfordshire District Council, the planning authority, and used to guide its planning committee’s decisions on applications from the  village.

The plan names the sites where a minimum of 193 homes can be built in order for the village to meet government housing targets. These are as follows:

• Fifty homes on land off the back of Ashford Avenue, with a recreation area next door, north of Chiltern Edge School.

• Thirty-seven homes on land currently used by the school as a playing field.

• Twenty-six homes at Kennylands Road and another 20 homes behind Kennylands Road. 

Planning permission has already been granted for 65 homes at Lea Meadow, which was named as suitable for 60 homes in the plan.

In May the plan was approved by an independent examiner, who required minor changes to be made before it was put to the public vote.

These amendments included deleting a policy on parking standards and improving the wording of a policy on open spaces to avoid misinterpretation.

Parish councillor Barrie Greenwood, who led the neighbourhood plan working party, said the referendum would follow normal election procedures.

He said: “Residents who are entitled to vote live in the parish of Sonning Common and within the designated neighbourhood plan area. They will be able to vote in the village hall, which will be open from 7am to 10pm.”

A display of the final version of the plan will be available at the hall in Wood Lane on September 25.

Councillor Greenwood said: “It’s a small exhibition to help remind the residents who are interested in the plan.”

Copies are also available on the neighbourhood plan website, 

Those needing to register for a postal or proxy vote should call the district council on 01235 422407 or email elections

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