The most important consultation for some number of years has to be the Henley–in–Arden Neighbourhood
Development Plan, which was opened up by the District Council for
consultation on Thursday, 12th October, definitely a red–letter day for the town.
The long and seemingly endless Plan–making process is finally coming to a
climax. The people of Henley now have a chance officially to comment on the
Plan, which establishes a vision for the future of Henley and lays down
planning policies as well as proposals for the future development and use of
land in the area
After more than a decade to get to this stage, and thanks to the tremendous
efforts of the Joint Parish Council (JPC), local residents have finally been given
the opportunity to express their views to SDC and the independent Examiner.
Local residents, businesses and organisations have been given six weeks to
comment to SDC on the Plan. It’s SDC’s job to bring together the comments
received and pass them onto the independent Examiner. The Examiner then
decides whether the Plan is fit and proper, and ready to proceed to the final
stage, namely the local Referendum.
The consultation will run until Friday, 24th November 2023.
Please comment to
Barring any unforeseen circumstances – and there have been many in the past –
the latest Plan could be ‘made’ or formally adopted early in the New Year,
provided it gets the support of Henley residents in the Referendum.
Extract from Cllr M Rice’s November Report