Joint Henley and Harpsden Neighbourhood Plan
Public Referendum - Thursday 10th March 2016
The Public Referendum for the Joint Henley and Harpsden Neighbourhood Plan will take place on Thursday 10th March 2016. The result of the referendum will determine whether South Oxfordshire District Council take the Neighbourhood Plan into consideration when planning applications for Henley and Harpsden are submitted.
The arrangements for the referendum are as for a local government election. Residents on the electoral roll in the parishes of Henley and Harpsden will receive polling cards and polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm. A person is entitled to vote in the Referendum if, on 10 March 2016, he or she is registered as a local government elector within the referendum area. The deadline to register to vote for the referendum is 23 February 2016 - visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote if you are not on the electoral register.
The question on the ballot paper will be 'Do you want South Oxfordshire District Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Henley and Harpsden to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?'.
If the majority vote 'YES' in this referendum, then South Oxfordshire District Council will use the Neighbourhood Plan to help it decide planning applications in Henley and Harpsden.
If the majority vote 'NO', then planning applications will be decided without using the Neighbourhood Plan.
The Information Statement issued by SODC to give notice of the Referendum is available here.
The Neighbourhood Plan following the Examiner's amendments is available here.
The Examiner's Report is available here.
See the SODC website for more information:
Make your voice heard - use your vote on 10th March 2016.
Following the recommendations from the Examiner Nigel McGurk, South Oxfordshire District Council agrees that the final submission version of the Joint Henley and Harpsden Neighbourhood Plan, together with the modifications set out in the Decision Statement, meets the Basic Conditions set out in the relevant legislation.
The district council has published the Decision Statement on their website at
The Decision Statement may also be viewed at the Henley Town Council offices in the Town Hall in Henley or at South Oxfordshire District Council Offices during normal working hours.
The Counting Officer will be requested to hold a referendum which is likely to take place in February 2016.
The Examiner has now issued his report on the Joint Henley and Harpsden Neighbourhood Plan to SODC. This can be accessed here.
Final publication stage
After a significant period of engagement with the local community, Henley Town Council has developed and submitted the Joint Henley and Harpsden Neighbourhood Plan (JHHNP) to South Oxfordshire District Council. The District Council is opening a six week publication period on Friday 7 August 2015 seeking comments on the submitted proposals, closing on Friday 18 September at 4.30pm precisely. The consultation documents, together with a document on how to comment on the JHHNP, can be found at: http://www.southoxon.gov.uk/services-and-advice/planning-and-building/planning-policy/neighbourhood-plans/henley-harpsden-joint-.
Pre-Submission Draft Consultation Results
Press Statement 9th April 2015
Henley Town Council has completed an initial assessment of the results of the consultation on the 2015 pre-submission draft of the Joint Henley and Harpsden Neighbourhood Plan, which ran between 6th February and 20th March 2015.
The consultation was promoted through:
• Letters to statutory consultees
• Promotion on the jhhnp.co.uk website
• Coverage in local media
• Leaflet distributed with the Town Council magazine
• Drop in sessions at the Town Hall
• Road show exhibition at local supermarkets
• Hardcopy and online questionnaires
Events were held on the following dates:
• Saturday 14th February, Henley Town Hall - Exhibition/Drop-in Session, 10am till 4pm
• Saturday 21st February , Harpsden Village Hall – Exhibition/Drop-in Session, 12.30 – 2.30pm
• Saturday 28th February , Henley House & Garden Show – Roadshow, Henley Town Hall, 10am to 6pm
• Sunday 1st March, Henley House & Garden Show –Roadshow, Henley Town Hall, 11am to 4pm
• Saturday 7th March, Waitrose (Henley) – Roadshow, 10am to 2pm
• Sunday 8th March, Tesco (Henley) - Roadshow, 10am to 2pm
• Friday 13th March, Henley Town Hall - Exhibition/Drop-in Session, 12 till 8pm
• Saturday 14th March, Henley Town Hall - Exhibition/Drop-in Session, 10am till 4pm
The consultation received a great volume of responses, including a total of 605 questionnaires of which 366 were online and 240 hardcopy. A further 105 responses were received, however, these were deemed to have been submitted by people who do not live, work or study within the JHHNP area. In addition, 16 statutory and 12 non-statutory consultees and organisations also provided comments (including non-questionnaire resident responses).
The was support for almost every aspect of the draft Neighbourhood Plan, which is very positive for moving forward and submitting the final Plan to South Oxfordshire District Council. The responses will enable the Town Council to make any necessary refinements to the draft Plan to ensure it reflects the views of local people and is compliant with the planning authority’s requirements.
South Oxfordshire District Council provided a number of comments, however none of these related to matters of ‘conformity’, meaning that they did not see any conflict with their own district wide Local Plan.
Over the coming weeks the consultation results will be considered in detail and decisions made on whether any changes are required to the Neighbourhood Plan before it is submitted to the District Council. It is intended that the Plan be submitted in May 2015 with a referendum anticipated in the autumn.
The Town Council will release a separate more detailed analysis of the questionnaire results which will be available on the Neighbourhood Plan website alongside statutory and non-statutory responses.
Key consultation results are highlighted below as:
· 77% of responses (450) endorsed the Plan, including 42% (245) who added a comment under ‘yes subject to…’
· 59% of responses (302) supported the overall housing allocation policy (H1).
· 78% of responses (340) supported the overall transport policy (T1).
In terms of comments on individual sites:
· Highlands Farm: 76% of responses (379) supported the allocation (Site M1, Policy SP1).
· Highlands Farm reserve: 73% (353) supported the allocation (Site M2, Policy SP12).
· Mill Lane: 78% of responses (387) supported the allocation (Site H, Policy SP2).
· Empstead Works / Stuart Turner: 78% of responses (384) supported the allocation (Site E, Policy SP3).
· Chiltern’s End: 82% of responses (407) supported the allocation (Site F, Policy SP4).
· 357 Reading Road: 80% of responses (389) supported the allocation (Site J, Policy SP5).
· Wilkins Removal: 85% of responses (418) supported the allocation (Site X, Policy SP6).
· TA Centre: 81% of responses (400) supported the allocation (Site V, Policy SP7).
· Fair Mile: 57% of responses (283) supported the allocation (Site A, Policy SP8).
· Fair Mile reserve: 55% of responses (268) supported the allocation (Site A1, Policy SP13).
· Youth Club: 79% of responses (372) supported the allocation (Site X, Policy SP9).
· 118 Grey’s Road 78% of responses (377) supported the allocation (Site Z, Policy SP10).
· Gillotts School 41% of responses (205) supported the allocation (Site C, Policy SP11). 52% of responses did not support the allocation (262).
 Subject to change on final postcode analysis
A six week Public Consultation period begins on The Joint Henley and Harpsden Neighbourhood Plan.......
This statutory Public Consultation period will take place between Friday 6 February and Friday 20 March 2015 when comments and suggestions can be made on the Draft Neighbourhood Plan.
It is very important that the community lets us know if the JHHNP contains the right policies and objectives. During this consultation period, comments and suggestions can be made. The easiest way to make comments is using an online survey, which can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/s/JHHNP2015.
Both the draft plan and questionnaire can be downloaded here
Hard copies of both the Draft Plan and the Questionnaire are available from the Information Centre at the Town Hall.
In addition there will be:
• A fixed display in the foyer of the Henley Town Hall between Friday 6th February and Friday 20th March 2015.
• A drop-in exhibition in the Council Chamber at Henley Town Hall on:
Saturday 14th February (10am- 4pm)
Friday 13th March (12-8pm) & Saturday 14th March (10am-4pm).
• Town Councillors will also be holding local events during this period