Public consultation on the Joint Henley and Harpsden Neighbourhood Plan is starting this weekend with an event in Henley Market Square this Saturday (7 September). Postcards have been sent to all Henley and Harpsden residents and businesses promoting the events. This is an opportunity to decide what issues the Plan should address, talk to the Neighbourhood Plan team and find out more about getting involved in producing the Plan. There will be a further event at the Henley Show next weekend on the 14 September.
The events are focused on deciding what issues the Plan should address, covering housing and transport, as well as environment, economy and social facilities. The consultation period will run from the 7th to the 20th September. One of the key issues for the Plan is to decide where 400 homes will be built around Henley in coming years.
A baseline report has been produced which looks at the background evidence base to the Plan and starts to identify the issues for Henley and Harpsden. This is available on the Plan website at www.jhhnp.co.uk, along with all the other related material and forms for signing up to the Plan making Working Groups. Residents can also find out more at www.facebook.com/jhhnp
The Working Group workshops will begin in the first week of October and continue into 2014. Workshop sessions will be facilitated by Nexus Planning and Kevin Murray Associates, the consultants appointed to assist in the Plan’s preparation.
The production of the Plan is anticipated to take around 12 months and will go through a process of reviewing key issues for the area, options for the Plan and consultation on the draft Plan. The draft plan should be submitted to the District Council in spring 2014 and the final public referendum on the Plan take place in autumn 2014.
Dieter Hinke, Chairman of the town council’s planning committee, said “We are very excited that the process has finally begun and that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the residents of Harpsden and Henley to tell us what they think about their communities. We look forward to hearing what the residents have to say as they can help shape our future together.”