Last chance to comment on Gladman plan

You have until 20 January to post your comments on SODC’s website about the Gladman plan to almost triple the number of houses in our parish. Just click on this link to record your views. Every comment helps!

A group of local parish councils and residents’ associations is completely opposed to the scheme, which they see as ‘unsustainable’ according to Government guidelines. There has been strong opposition from people living in Emmer Green, who can see the development wrecking an attractive landscape as well as placing an intolerable burden on local services.

The Henley Standard reported local opposition to the scheme recently.

Reading Borough Council planning officers have recommended councillors vote against the scheme. A decision will be taken at the planning meeting on 11 January.

Thames Water has said they see the scheme posing a threat to local water supplies.

The final decision will be taken when SODC votes on the scheme on February 1st. We hope to see as many people as possible at the planning meeting on this date.

 

County Councillor publishes objection to Gladman plan

Councillor David Bartholomew has lodged his objections to the Gladman Developments plan for 245 houses in Eye & Dunsden parish.

Register your views on the SODC website now.

Objection

  1. The county boundary was revised in 1977 to reflect the actual boundary of the built-up area of Reading. This proposed development straddles urban Reading and rural South Oxfordshire thus compromising the county boundary and destroying the clear distinction between urban and rural areas.
  2. The development would cause severe harm to the rural character of the area.
  3. The development would clearly be part of Reading in practical terms, but would fall into the Oxfordshire County Council, South Oxfordshire District Council and Eye & Dunsden Parish Council areas of administration. This would present serious issues in terms of funding and management of resources for all councils concerned.
  4. There is little employment in the immediate area and it is highly likely most residents would need to cross Reading Bridge or Caversham Bridge to get to work directly or via the mainline railway station. Most of this travel would be by car. Reading Borough Council has already identified both these bridges as being used well beyond their capacity and the increase in congestion would be substantial, conflicting with the objectives of sustainable development.
  5. This area is not scheduled for major development in the SODC Local Plan.
  6. The Sonning Common Neighbourhood Plan has been ‘made’ and while this site isn’t within the area of the plan, it is immediately adjacent to it, so should be taken into consideration. The rural character of the site is as important to Sonning Common residents as it is Emmer Green residents.

Playhatch Road raising details released

After a recent public meeting held in Dunsden Village Hall, Oxfordshire County Council’s Highways Department has released a series of drawings showing in detail the plans for raising the Playhatch Road. They include details of over 50 3m wide conduits, which would be placed beneath the raised road from just before the Sonning Eye mini-roundabout to the roads junction with the A4155 Henley Road.

The road would be raised by up to 90cm and the plans have been developed in conjunction with the Environment Agency. If £7m funding is secured from the Government, work could start next summer.

Sonning Eye Action Group members have recently expressed their concerns about road raising between the Sonning Eye mini-roundabout and the French Horn hotel. Their concerns include the potential for impact on properties bordering the B478 and the lack of a more holistic solution addressing the capacity of the floodplain as a whole.

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Packed meeting hears about road raising

On 15th November around 36 members of the public Oxfordshire’s Highways & Transport Asset Manager Mr David Bullock give a presentation about raising the level of the Playhatch road to prevent it flooding.

Oxfordshire is preparing a business case for around £7m funding from the Department for Transport. The return on the investment is high, with the probability of flooding of the road reducing from a one in three year event to one in 20 years. Around 54 3m wide box culverts are expected to be installed under the new road, which will be raised by around 40cm on average, with up to 80cm in the lowest sections. A fundamental principle of the design is that it will not make the flooding of local houses worse.

Some locals were concerned that the scheme does not sufficiently address the flooding of the Playhatch road between the French Horn hotel and the Sonning Eye mini-roundabout. OCC says that the culverts installed elsewhere will provide flooding relief to this stretch.

You can see a copy of the slides he used here: playhatch-presentation-nov-2016

Public meeting about raising B481

Next Tuesday’s parish council meeting will begin at 7.45 with a public meeting at which we will hear from David Bullock, CEng MICE who is Oxfordshire County Council’s Highways & Transport Asset Manager. He will be providing an update on the preparation of a business case for raising the B481 Playhatch Road by up to 80cm in order to raise it above the level of recent floods.

The work does not include raising the level of the road by the French Horn and Frizers Farm in Sonning Eye. Although culverts are included, the Sonning Eye Action Group has raised concerns the the proposed work may act as a dam, worsening local flooding.

David Bullock’s September presentation

David Bullock’s July presentation