Henley and Harpsden Neighbourhood Plan given referendum go ahead

Released on November 12, 2015

Following independent examination, the Joint Henley and Harpsden Neighbourhood Plan has been recommended to proceed to a public referendum. 

This week South Oxfordshire District Council received the Examiner’s report This link will take you to an external website... on the Joint Henley and Harpsden Neighbourhood Plan.  The examination was carried out by Mr Nigel McGurk, a highly qualified chartered town planner. 

In his report the Examiner recommends that the Plan should proceed to a referendum, subject to a number of modifications.

The district council will announce details of the referendum for local residents early in the New Year.  If, at the referendum, the Plan receives more than 50 per cent of votes in favour then the plan will be presented for adoption by the district council.  It can then be used in the determination of planning applications for Henley and Harpsden.

The Henley and Harpsden Neighbourhood Plan has been jointly produced by Henley Town Council and Harpsden Parish Council.  For more information please see - the Neighbourhood Plan page.

Cllr John Cotton, Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “We are pleased that the examiner has given the Plan the green light to proceed to the referendum stage and congratulate Henley Town Council, Harpsden Parish Council and their team on achieving this milestone for this challenging project.”

Neighbourhood planning is the government's initiative to empower local communities to help make and take forward planning proposals at a local level.  The idea being that local people will drive, and then help to shape, how their local communities grow and develop over the coming years.

Neighbourhood plans in South Oxfordshire can only be made by towns and parishes who will take the lead. 

South Oxfordshire District Council offers extensive support to communities who are producing Neighbourhood Plans.