NDP news for May

Welcome to a rather rained out May NDP Newsletter. We thought it would be both interesting and useful to tell you a bit more about what Neighbourhood Development Plans (NDP) are, why one is being produced for the Parish and how it will impact – and hopefully benefit – us all.
Herewith some fascinating facts about NDPs
  1. Eye & Dunsden Neighbourhood Plan Area was formally designated by the District Council on 21 February, 2020. It covers the whole parish including Sonning Eye, Playhatch and Dunsden and all the beautiful landscape around us.

  2. The ability for residents to establish general planning policies for their neighbourhood area stems from the 2011 Localism Act.

  3. The Eye & Dunsden NDP team (made up of locals, some of whom are also on the Parish Council) is using these new neighbourhood planning powers to establish general planning policies for any proposed development or use of land in the parish.

  4. The NDP process gives the residents the chance to ensure the Parish develops as they wish, and enables them to protect the Parish and guide its growth.

  5. Local councils produce broader Local Plans which set the main strategic context within which our NDP will sit. The NDP cannot con- tain any provisions which are contrary to the local development plan.

  6. The District Council must must give weight to the NDP when they decide planning applications. A key part will be design codes which describe the preferred appearance of new buildings based on our local building styles. Other aspects relate to where any new development should go, its sustainability, and impact on existing properties, as well as how we optimise the routes which connect us all together.

  7. The NDP also gives us all a chance to contribute to some wider local objectives, for the good of the whole community. An NDP can establish a local wish for things such as traffic calming or the creation of bus routes but it cannot legally make them happen. The parish, district and county councils then have the option to take these forward.

  8. NDPs do not seek to stop new development.

  9. We have been working on NDP Stage 1 (Getting Established) since October 2019. Beginning with an initial survey, we have gathered evidence, working with experts and identifying key issues for residents and businesses

  10. Stage 2 (Preparing the Plan) is now underway. We are working on objectives and policies which support the priorities identified. The team will be publicising these draft objectives and policies and seeking your input on them at a community consultation event in August. Details will follow.

  11. Your role is vital in ensuring the plan comes into force – a referendum must show a major- ity in support of the NDP. This is Stage 3 of the process – Bringing the Plan into Force – and we’ll tell you more about this in future newsletters and via social media.

Tell us more…

If there are other aspects of the Parish that you love – buildings, green spaces, views – or you have any stories about how the villages developed into the places they are today, please share them with us. Post photos and your thoughts using the links below.

Twitter: Eye&DunsdenNDP 

Facebook: Eye & Dunsden Neighbourhood Plan

Parish Website: www.eyedunsden.org – register for updates

Email: plan@eyedunsden.org

Government eases restrictions on village halls

Our fine refurbished village hall, with offers users two separate halls, a garden and terrace, may be able to partly re-open sometime in the next few weeks or months.

The Government has published new guidance on halls on which the Trustees are currently taking advice. Gatherings of up to 30 people are to be allowed, including meetings, but anti-Covid measures including cleaning will need to be in place. So far exercise classes are not allowed.

It may also be possible to re-open the hall for viewings shortly. Before lockdown the hall was very well-booked most weekends in spring and summer and is particularly popular for weddings and other family functions.

Two events in the autumn and winter currently remain in the diary. A comedy night in October and the return of popular music duo Ninebarrow in December.

For more details please contact the hall’s acting bookings manager, Gilly Lea.

 

Gladman return at SODC local plan inquiry

Gladman tell Government Inspector that 550 houses could be built in Playhatch and a further 240 next to Emmer Green

Detailed submissions have been made to the Examination in Public of the South Oxfordshire Local Plan and will be heard in public via YouTube when the Inquiry opens online from July 15th. These submission have been made in spite of the fact that the Local Plan makes no mention of these sites. Gladman seek to justify their inclusion by challenging the methodology used by SODC in completing their plan.
Reading Borough Council have also submitted evidence to the Inspector in favour of the construction of a new Thames bridge in Eye & Dunsden with a request that a site for a park and ride scheme should be protected in Eye & Dunsden south of the A4155 Henley Road and close to Reading. They reject the need for major housing developments in Eye & Dunsden and challenge the density of 70 houses per hectare which is proposed by SODC.
Full information about the Local Plan can be seen on the SODC website

Complete the NDP questionnaire

Please have your say by returning our NDP questionnaire

Every house in the parish should now have received a copy of our Neighbourhood Development Plan questionnaire. It will help the volunteers behind the plan shape the future of our parish. Please either post back your return or complete the simple questionnaire online at this address.

Corona Virus eases but village hall remains closed

The village hall remains closed but a number of exciting events are proposed in the autumn including a comedy night and the return of award-winning duo Ninebarrow.

Parish council meetings

The annual parish meeting is postponed because of the pandemic.  Current parish council meetings are being held by Skype. Contact the parish clerk Mandy Sermon, clerk@eyedunsden.org for full details and to attend.

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