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Current and historic articles relating to the development of the Shiplake Neighbourhood Plan can be found below in date order (most recently added or amended first).

Neighbourhood Plan Special Supplement in Shiplake News


You can now view the special supplement electronically by clicking here: Shiplake News Nov 2017.

It is 4 page feature in the centre of the newsletter. It includes a full update on the current status of the development of the neighbourhood plan and references the successful Open Exhibition, held earlier this month, with  conclusions drawn from it and the resident survey in June.

Hard copies will delivered to residents in the coming week with the special supplement separated from the main body of the newsletter. Keep it for future reference as more information becomes available via the website. It should be easy to keep up to date on the neighbourhood plan in shaping the future of Shiplake.

The newsletter, of course, gives you the chance to catch up with everything that is happening in Shiplake as we enter the festive season.   

Article created / last edited: 22 November 2017

N P Open Exhibition – Questions & Answers


All the information presented at the Neighbourhood Plan Open Exhibition has been made available on the website.  Residents also asked specific questions and made additional comments on the forms when registering their views on the neighbourhood plan proposals, the outcome of which was a very postive with 73% in favour of the proposals. These are being considered as part of the consultation process.  Many questions, particularly those of a general nature, can be answered quite quickly.

Click here to see those Questions and Answers. Also make sure you receive your copy of the November issue of Shiplake News, which will have a major update on the plan.

Any other questions please do not hesitate to email the Steering Group: np2017@shiplakevillages.com.

Article created / last edited: 18 November 2017

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

Article created / last edited: 8 November 2017

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.

Article created / last edited: 5 November 2017

Invitation: NP Open Exhibition This Week


Most Shiplake households will already have received the leaflet inviting them to the Neighbourhood Plan Open Exhibition at Memorial Hall on FRIDAY (2:30pm to 10pm) and SATURDAY (9:00am to 6pm).

Should you be there? Do you care about Shiplake, the availability of housing for all ages, the rural environment and green spaces surrounding the villages, the traffic in the centre of Shiplake, the primary school and ensuring our local businesses thrive?  Do you want to ensure we can influence what and where houses are built, ones we need and must be built, or leave it to speculative developers to choose what suits them and, generally, not us.

The answer to all these questions is YES, YOU SHOULD BE THERE  this Friday or Saturday, whichever works best for you. We have proposals to conserve the character of Shiplake whilst improving the opportunities for housing for all families in the villages.



Article created / last edited: 31 October 2017

How Many New houses & Where?


The Open Exhibition posters are appearing in Shiplake and the website home page features it too. Key messages and features of the proposed Shiplake Neighbourhood Plan will be featured in the days leading up to the event on Nov. 3rd & 4th at Memorial Hall. Take note of the dates and be there to discuss what the plan means to Shiplake and you. GIVE us your views on proposed development locations, the types of housing for development, new village boundaries and the new 'Shared Space' initiative.

We look forward to welcoming you on Friday or Saturday...whatever works best for you.

Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

Article created / last edited: 24 October 2017

The Future of Shiplake in YOUR Hands


Neighbourhood Plan (NP) 'Open Exhibition' Nov. 3rd & 4th

The proposed plans for the future - location of development sites, types of housing, development boundaries,survey feedback and new initiatives - will all be presented as part of the vision of the future for Shiplake's villages.

This is your chance to give us YOUR views before the NP Steering Group finalises its proposals for submission to the parish council and SODC as part of its new Local Plan.

It is incredibly important that we have your views -  visit the exhibition at Memorial Hall on:

November: Friday 3rd 2:30pm to 10:00pm or Saturday 4th 9:00am to 6pm

Members of the Steering Group will be there to welcome you and answer your questions.

Shiplake Parish Council

Article created / last edited: 18 October 2017

Neighbourhood Plan: Initial Survey Results


Many thanks for the completed questionnaires and many new registrations on the website requesting to be kept up to date on the plan. Albeit we are midst the summer holiday period development of the plan continues, not least analysying the results of the survey. The final survey report is due later this month and will be presented to residents in September/October.

Responding to requests for an update on the results of the survey, you can click here to see 'An 'Initial Survey Results' interim report , providing an insight into trends emerging from the completed questionnaires.....focusing on the %'s tends to make things clearer.

The final report will have  a 'management overview' of the survey and its key findings including graphics for presentation purposes. 

NP Steering Group

Article created / last edited: 9 August 2017

NP Questionnaires..A BIG Thankyou & Updates


There will be updates on the Neighbourhood Plan, Thames farm Inquiry and lots of other things in the June issue of Shiplake News. Enormous thanks to all those who completed the questionnaires and particularly the band of volunteers who distributed them to all the households and, in many cases, collected them too. The Steering Group can now move onto the next stages of the plan with the benefit of the views of the community...

Shiplake Neigbourhood Plan Steering Group 

Article created / last edited: 20 June 2017

Your Opportunity to Shape the Future of Shiplake...


 The Shiplake Neigbourhood Plan Questionnaire will be delivered to you in the coming days and is your opportunity to shape the future of Shiplake. You may have many questions about the why, what  and how of developing the Shiplake Neighbourhood Plan...what does it mean for you? The volunteer residents, distributing to and collecting the questionnaires from every household, will be able to help you BUT you can get many of the answers NOW by simply clicking here and viewing the Q & A briefing note for the questionnaire. You can also ask your question by an email to: np2017@shiplakevillages.com

Add to that by coming to the Shiplake APM this Wednesday evening (24th May) at 7:45pm at the Memorial Hall, when progress to date and plans for completing the neighbourhood plan by the end of this year will be presented. It is your villages' future...all questions are welcome.

Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.

Article created / last edited: 22 May 2017

Shiplake's Neighbourhood Plan Registered - What Next?


Shiplake Parish Council submitted an application to SODC to designate their neighbourhood plan (NP) area. Click here to view the SODC's notification with links to find out more on the application and what a neighbourhood plan entails.

Click here to view the map of the designated area.* 

What Next? There will be an update on the NP's progress at the Shiplake APM on Wednesday May 24th at 7:30pm. Most importantly we need the views of the residents on what the villages should look like in 2033. It is your views that count. Please make sure you complete and return the questionnaire when you receive it in a few weeks time - it is your villages' future and your opportunity to influence it!

*Some residents might notice that we are basing the plan on the 'pre-2014' parish boundaries. This is to ensure our designated area does not overlap with that of the Henley & Harpsden Neighbourhood Plan (JHHNP). The marginal effect of this will be clarified in a separate update....what is important at this stage is capturing the views of every household in 'Shiplake'.  

More information to follow...WATCH THIS SPACE!

Article created / last edited: 27 April 2017

Neighbourhood Plan Chairman's Note to Residents


Click here to view the Steering Group Chairman's note to all residents, clarifying the objectives and considerations of the Shiplake Neighbourhood Plan (NP) and how it will be developed in consultation with residents.

Find out how you can provide feedback and if you want to volunteer to help, then simply click on NPvolunteer@shiplakevillages.com or should you wish to make a comment then use NPfeedback@shiplakevillages.com

Please note that you may see Group members walking around the villages assessing various aspects of land availability and existing amenities servicing the villages. You may also meet volunteers, with 'Shiplake Neighbourhood Volunteer' badges, delivering questionnaires and asking questions important to the development of the plan.

Your views are important...please do not be shy in asking questions and making suggestions! 

Article created / last edited: 21 February 2017



The Shiplake Neighbourhood Plan registration has been forwarded to SODC, over fifty residents have volunteered  to assist with the project and a Steering Group of fourteen formed. The group comprises a range of skills, important to developing the plan, with every effort being made to have a broad representation of the demographics of of residents e.g. age, gender, family unit, location, length of residence. 
The plan will impact all aspects of life in the villages in some form or another. The involvement of everyone is important and every effort will be made to keep people informed of progress via the website, newsletter, questionnaires and ultimately decisions to be made with a formal referendum.
WATCH THIS SPACE...there will be an update later this week outlining why we need a plan, its objectives, the process and what you can expect to see from the Steering Group.
One of the first items to be considered by the group next week will be: What is the vision for the future of the villages? There will be a range of views in the villages...let us know yours via: feedback@shiplakevillages.com

Article created / last edited: 21 February 2017

Neighbourhood Plan Volunteers Meeting Wed.18th Jan.


The meeting is confirmed for 7:30pm on 18th Jan. in the 'Old Viking Room' at Shiplake College. An email to the 30+ volunteers will be circulated this weekend with more information.

Residents who may not have had or missed the opportunity to volunteer to be involved with creating the Neighbourhood Plan can do so by responding via: feedback@shiplakevillages.com. Just let us have your name, address and telephone no. and we will get back to you on how you can get involved.

Many thanks to Shiplake College for the kind hospitality.

Article created / last edited: 2 February 2017

Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Established


Many thanks for the enthusiastic responses from the large number of volunteers helping with the plan and the proposals for those on the Steering Group, which was agreed at last week's meeting of volunteers at Shiplake College.

Whilst the parish council is sponsoring, supporting and closely involved with the plan, it is important that the expertise of the Steering Group also encapsulates the broadest possible representation of the demographics of the villages. In doing so we will deliver the most appropriate plan as quickly as possible. We have made an excellent start and will address those areas where an increased representation would be helpful i.e. Shiplake X residents and busy young families with lots of commitments. 

We will keep everybody updated via the website. Watch this space and do not be surprised if one of our volunteers knocks on your door to make sure we are getting your views. They will have a 'Shiplake Volunteer' Badge!  If you want to join the growing number of volunteers please let us know via feedback@shiplakevillages.com All residents are welcome. 

Article created / last edited: 23 January 2017

Neighbourhood Planning Meeting... Next Steps


Many thanks to the 60+ residents who attended the meeting, the vigorous and constructive debate and the 35 volunteers, some of whom could not attend last night's meeting, who have already registered to help create the Shiplake Neighbourhood Plan. We will need lots of help and the widest possible involvement of residents in order to make sure we have a plan for the future of the villages, based on our vision and preferences and not that defined by speculative developers. If you want to join the growing number of volunteers please let us know via feedback@shiplakevillages.com All residents are welcome. 

The next step is a meeting with volunteers next week* to create the Steering Group and begin to outline the elements of our plan, timescales and how we start to deliver it.  

* An email will be sent to all vounteers confirming the date, time and location of the meeting.  

NOTE: A ladies black 'puffa' jacket labelled Minuet was left at the Hall last night and can be retrieved by contacting Roger Hudson, Parish Clerk on 07809 829628  

Article created / last edited: 11 January 2017

Neighbourhood Plan Meeting..10th Jan @ 7:30pm


IMPORTANT REMINDER:  Producing a neighbourhood plan (NP) will be the initiative to have the biggest impact on the villages for the foreseeable future. Having an NP should provide Shiplake with increased protection from speculative developers, whilst providing residents with the opportunity to discuss and 'shape' the future of the villages. Discussions with SODC have confirmed the parish council's view that we should embark on the plan asap.

We look forward to seeing as many residents as possible this Tuesday at 7:30pm at the Memorial Hall. Tudor Taylor (Chairman, Shiplake PC) will outline WHY we should have a plan and SODC will outline WHAT a Neighbourhood Plan (NP) is and HOW we create one. We will also discuss timescales and the formation of a Steering Committee to ensure we create a plan that residents will view positively, as with the Shiplake Villages Plan

Yes, an important meeting for ALL of us on Tuesday. Formal presentation will be kept to a minimum, we look forward to lots of interaction and support for this initiative. Our thanks to residents who have already volunteered to be involved and others who will want to do so.

Additional Note: Following a high level meeting with SODC, regarding the value of an NP and recent larger scale planning applications (retirement village, Mt Ida, New Road, Thames Farm etc.), the parish council will have an update on information received from SODC on these matters, during the planning section of Monday's Council Meeting (09/01,2017).   

Article created / last edited: 11 January 2017

Shiplake Neighbourhood Plan Meeting...10th Jan 2017


Many thanks to the 50+ residents, along with councillors from nearby parishes, for attending the John Howell MP clinic, which was lively with many questions on the key issue of 'do we need and should we have a neighbourhood plan (NP)?'

Producing a neighbourhood plan will likely be the initiative to have the biggest impact on the villages for the foreseeable future. Having an NP should provide Shiplake with increased protection from speculative developers, whilst providing residents with the opportunity to discuss and 'shape' the future for the villages. 

John Howell's answers to our questions were frank, appreciative of our concerns and supportive of our wish to embark on developing an NP. The community meeting for all residents to discuss an NP is now confirmed for Tuesday 10th January @ 7:30pm at Memorial Hall. We look forward to seeing you there and your contributions to the discussions. Our thanks to those who have already volunteered to help with the plan. You can volunteer before the meeting by responding to feedback@shiplakevillages.com...at least put 10/01/2017 @7:30pm in your diary/calendar.

Article created / last edited: 18 December 2016

Neighbourhood Plan...Some Shiplake Residents can vote!


There has been a lot of comment in the Henley Standard recently and no doubt there will more prior to the vote on 10th March. A great deal of work has been done by the organisers and consultants, which should be supported with a vote in favour of the plan....but people have to vote to make sure. Some residents in Shiplake may be surprised to know they have a vote? Who? Those residents who were 'in Harpsden' before the parish boundary changes  in May 2015.

As clarified by SODC's Democratic Services Manager, Steven Corrigan, the position is as follows:.

'The referendum area has been designated, by the Examiner, as the neighbourhood plan area which is the parishes of Henley and Harpsden prior to the parish boundary changes. Therefore the parish changes implemented in May 2015 do not impact on those eligible to vote. Those electors previously within Harpsden will be entitled to vote and those transferred from Shiplake to Harpsden will not be eligible to vote. We are writing to all electors affected explaining the situation.'

The parish council strongly supports the neighbourhood plan....click here to see its endorsement in Sept. 2015.....and urges residents to cast their vote in favour, either at Harpsden village hall or Henley town hall (tbc) on March 10th. With a positive outcome the new SODC Core Strategy coupled with Neighbourhood Plan should ensure the desired housing is provided in the preferred locations. 

Article created / last edited: 11 March 2016