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Thames Farm Judicial Review Update

The parish council, supported by residents, has been consistent in opposing the development of housing on the Thames Farm site. Our objections have been based both on highway safety grounds and because - as a substantial residential development outside the village boundary - such development is not sustainable.  

SODC has always rejected Thames Farm's applications for residential development, and this has been confirmed on appeal by the planning inspectorate. Earlier this year, however, a planning inspector overturned SODC's refusal to grant planning permission, in this case for 95 houses. 

Our legal advisors - including a leading planning QC - believe we have strong grounds for arguing that the inspector was wrong. Shiplake and SODC continue to fight the decision and we are both seeking leave to appeal against it in the High Court. Our applications were initially rejected, which is not unusual, but both we and SODC have the right to seek leave at an oral hearing, which will be heard at the Royal Courts of Justice on 28th November. 

We will keep you updated on progress in this matter and thank you for your support in ensuring the right outcome prevails. 

Shiplake Parish Council

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Neighbourhood Plan Proposals Now Available!

The 73% level of resident support for our proposals, alongside the compliments on the presention materials and the level of information provided at the Open Exhibition, is strongly appreciated. Requests were made for access to the materials and content. It is NOW available in overview in a picture gallery on the website Home page and, if you click here, you can view the details in a pdf document. All this information has been made available to SODC and following their request, The Henley Standard. A comprehensive update and coverage of the event and our Neighbourhood Proposals will be featured in the November issue of Shiplake News. Not to be missed!

Shiplake Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

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Positive Response to Neighbourhood Plan Proposals

Including visitors from neighbouring parishes, our local MP and press, over 300 attendees came to the Open Exhibition. Based on the 265 completed response forms, early analysis indicates 73% would support the proposals, 24% would not,  2% were unsure at this stage and 1% would not be voting at a referendum. The responses from residents across the parish were consistent with housing numbers in the two villages i.e. Lower Shiplake 83% and Shiplake 15% - 3% of responses were from non-residents.

The NP Steering Group can now take this positive response and, with the benefit of the views expressed in the completed forms, move onto the next stage of the development of the plan. The final proposals will hopefully result in an even greater positive response. 

Requests were made for copies of the presentation materials. These will be available on the villages website in the next few days, not least so all residents have the opportunity to consider the proposals in more detail. There will also be comprehensive coverage of the event and proposals in the November issue of Shiplake News. Not to be missed!

Many thanks to all those who attended, not least the volunteers who helped to make the event possible. Thanks also for all the positive comments on the event.

Watch the website for more!

Shiplake NP Steering Group.

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New Thread: Fridge
Date: 17/11/2017

New Thread: New products at the Corner Shop
Date: 17/11/2017

Reply: Office Chairs
Date: 16/11/2017 Thanks. Yes please - when can I come and have a look?

Reply: Office Chairs
Date: 16/11/2017 Yes - we have a black large swivel office chair you are welcome to have. If you

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Reply: Neighbourhood Plan
Date: 13/11/2017 Hello, As Chair of the NP Steering Group, I am more than happy to take any