Parish committed to making a Neighbourhood Development Plan
A well-attended public meeting heard in October 2019 from the Chair of the Parish Council and two members of SODC’s Neighbourhood Development Plan team.
They explained the reasons why Eye & Dunsden might consider making a plan and the limitations of the process. There were some lively questions and at the end a number of people committed to being part of a NDP team.
A copy of the slide presentation from the evening is available to download here.
At the October meeting of the parish council a decision was taken to go ahead with a Neighbourhood Plan.
December 10, 2019: first meeting of the new plan steering group
February 2020: SODC confirmed the plan area to be the whole parish
March 2020: steering group resolves to meet by Skype during Corona-19 outbreak
April 2020: £5,000 grant funding secured from SODC
May 2020: review of Reading Transport Strategy and the Examination in Pubic of the Local Plan begins, climate change seminar attended
June 2020: survey responses collated, high turnout, advertising campaign including posters to end July. Consultants appointed.
July 2020: Vision statement, Locality bid and framework documents in draft.
A significant increase in new planning applications noted in the parish
Anyone interested in contributing to the plan is welcome at our meetings which are currently held on Zoom or normally monthly at the Flowing Spring Pub. Please email Ian Dick for further information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Screenshot from Reading’s Draft Transport Strategy showing a new Thames bridge, a ‘north orbital road’ and two park and rides in our near our parish.
First community survey launched: please contribute your responses by the end of July
Why a NDP?
If you’ve been reading any local news about the Third Thames Bridge, Gladman Developments or other threatening schemes, you might be forgiven for thinking the parish of Eye & Dunsden is under constant attack.
Greedy developers, land grabbing Reading, gravel extraction that may worsen flooding and a potential new Thames crossing with a motorway-style link road all contribute to the feeling of powerlessness in the face of corporate power and indifferent local authorities based in distant Oxford and Didcot.
But there is something local communities can do to assert what development they consider is acceptable. By making a Neighbourhood Development Plan places like ours can tell the planners exactly where they think new development should or shouldn’t go. The process splits into various clear stages and relies on proving the plan has strong support from within the community. It requires a team of enthusiastic volunteers, including both members of the parish council and people from the villages concerned (in our parish these are Dunsden, Littlestead Green, Playhatch and Sonning Eye).
Professional help is available with things like landscape assessments and so too are grants of around £9,000, but first we need a group of at least a dozen people to commit to the process. Around ten have already expressed an interest. Will you consider joining us?
Some Neighbourhood Planning links
- Locality is the Government’s Neighbourhood Planning advice site
- Neighbourhood Planning in South Oxfordshire provides SODC guidance
- Oxfordshire Neighbourhood Plan Alliance is ensuring that county planners take account of NDPs
- Community First Oxfordshire provides a paid for consultancy
- CPRE guidance on Neighbourhood Planning