Monday, 30 November 2020

Residents asked for views on plan sites

EIGHT sites have been included in the latest stage of Sonning Common’s neighbourhood plan.

EIGHT sites have been included in the latest stage of Sonning Common’s neighbourhood plan.

All of them could be developed, either fully or partially, for housing or offices or alternatively be assigned to sport and recreation or as amenity green space.

Six other sites have been dropped from consideration.

Councillor Barrie Greenwood, who chairs the neighbourhood plan working group, said a public meeting would be held next month to ask residents’ views.

He said: “Fundamentally, we’re looking at various models so there will be several different permutations of what’s possible. There’s a possibility of some development at all eight sites but at one or two there are clearly some types of development that are not viable.

“In the modelling there will be different possibilities in terms of housing, business and recreation use as well as open space. We want to run these ideas past the residents and talk about their views.”

The sites will have to accommodate 152 new homes to be built by 2027 under South Oxfordshire District Council’s core strategy.

The working group has already conducted a housing survey in which it identified a need for one- to three-bedroom homes to rebalance housing stock.

The eight sites include three at Bishopswood Farm. SON 1, a plot of land north-west of Orchard Avenue, was originally recommended for recreational use only but if SON 2 to the south is developed a neighbouring quadrant could be considered for a number of homes.

A plot to the south-west of SON 2 could also be considered for housing, a community centre, sports hall with playing pitches, a green space or office space.

Part of a site next to Rudgings Plantation could be developed to link a gap between 56 and 80 Kennylands Road, while a strip of land next to Reddish Manor could also be built on.

Two sites south of the Herb Farm could include housing or offices or be used as recreational space but a plot next to Thames Valley Gymnastics Club will only be considered for a larger sports hall or recreational use.

Governors at Chiltern Edge School have also put forward part of their site for development.

The meeting will be held at the village hall next Friday.

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