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Shiplake College Rugby Pitches Approved - P18/S2434/FUL

Many thanks to all those residents who attended the SODC Planning Committee Meeting on 27/11/2019 in Didcot and the 320+ who signed the petition objecting to the  application to replace 23 acres of high quality arable farmland by 6 rugby pitches. The parish council is very supportive of the College, with which it maintains excellent relationships, but objected to this application because of the dentrimental impact on the environment and its neighbouring farm, as outlined in its presentation to the Committee - click here for the full text.

Stephen Doble (Shiplake Farm) and Doug Sarney (Shiplake X resident) succinctly referenced the significant negative consequences of approval and the relevant planning policies for refusal of the application.

Residents may well read about the decison in the Henley Standard later this week. Although there was much sympathy expressed by committee members regarding the cumulative impact of recent planning and inquiry decisions on Shiplake, the application was approved. (A motion to reject the application resulted in a 'tied' vote, which was then followed by a motion to approve the application being successful, after the intervention of the Committee Chair and advice from SODC planning representatives that there was a high likelihood of an objection to the application being overturned on appeal.)

The outcome is disappointing and questionable given the objections raised, consistent with planning policy and SODC's Local Plan. It is of serious concern that SODC apparently lacks confidence in its ability to defend planning decisions at appeal, which we are familiar with following the decisions re Thames Farm and the Retirement Village. 

Our thanks to those district councillors that spoke in support of Shiplake's position....we need our Neighbourhood Plan as soon as possible.

David Pheasant  - Shiplake Parish Council

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Multiple Burglaries In Henley and Surrounding Rural Areas

FYI: Thames Valley Police is issuing advice to residents following multiple burglaries where jewellery and high value items have been targeted in Henley and the surrounding rural areas.

Over the last month, seven burglaries have been committed during daytime hours at properties in Nettlebed, Sonning Common, Kidmore End, Highmoor and Dunsden Green. These are being investigated as linked.

Houses are being targeted for jewellery and high value goods such as handbags and shoes.

Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Francesca Jarvis, based at Abingdon police station, said: “This burglary series is understandably concerning for the local community and my team is conducting a thorough investigation to identify those responsible.

“I believe offenders are using the B481 road as a main thoroughfare to access properties in the area.

“Residents are encouraged to continue to be our extra eyes and ears. If you see someone acting suspiciously or notice a suspicious vehicle in the area, please call Thames Valley Police on 101 or report online quoting reference 43190339224.”

To help reduce the risk of becoming a victim of burglary, be sure to follow this advice:

- keep all valuables and keys out of sight and out of reach of doors and windows

- keep front and back doors locked, even when you’re at home

- install a burglar alarm with a visible alarm box

- install CCTV or a video doorbell camera

- install security lighting around your property

- lock side gates to prevent easy access to the rear of the property

- look out for your neighbours

For more crime prevention advice, please click here 

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Cubs bake sale fundraise

A big thank you to Mark and Carol at the village shop for allowing the cubs to host a fundraising bake sale on Saturday.

An amazing £423.07 was raised- thanks to the generosity of all those who came down.


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