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NP Supplementary Survey

Dear Resident

We need YOUR views on changes to the proposed Shiplake Neighbourhood Plan

South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) has published the latest version of the emerging Local Plan for our district. This impacts upon our proposed Neighbourhood Plan.

A key change is that smaller villages such as Shiplake Cross and Lower Shiplake are no longer required to meet a 5-10% increase in housing numbers between 2011 and 2034. However, the district council still supports parishes that wish to include housing allocations in their neighbourhood plans to meet bespoke housing needs of the village or to deliver projects funded by development. 

The responses to our previous Neighbourhood Plan Questionnaire (May/June 2017) indicated that:

  • There is a desire for more affordable, smaller homes to provide for first time buyers, smaller family units, key workers and downsizers.
  • Sites within the built-up area of the villages were preferred but, if absolutely necessary, development on the edge of the built-up area would be accepted.
  • The open spaces between and around the villages were to be kept intact, if at all possible, whilst meeting our housing requirements.
  • A desire to influence and shape the future development of the villages, preserving the rural character and improving their long-term sustainability with planning policies for maintaining their integrity and individual rural characteristics. In doing so, also protect the villages from inappropriate speculative development proposals.

We are therefore conducting a small supplementary consultation to establish your views on sites we have previously identified to meet our bespoke housing needs, taking account of both the removal of the housing requirement and the fact that large numbers of smaller homes and ‘affordable homes’** are to be built at Thames Farm (LS).

Information for previously Recommended Sites

(LS=Lower Shiplake; SX=Shiplake Cross)

SiteNo Location Number of Units Comments/impediments Timescale
21 Shiplake Motors Site Northfield Road (LS) 7-8 Relocation of owner’s business. Flooding on periphery of site. Hydrocarbons pollution likely. 2-4 years
43 R/O Henley/ Reading Rd Shiplake College site (SX) 4 Backland – care required to avoid overlooking. Housing intended for College staff 1-3 years
44 Henley/Reading Rd Shiplake College site (SX) 4-6 NB What to do with narrow rear stripHousing intended for College staff 1-3 years
30 Plough Lane (SX) 11-15 Strip of farmland field fronting Plough Lane suitable for smaller homes and affordable housing. 2-4 years
  TOTAL 26-33    

The questions seek the views all residents 18 years and older within the boundaries of Shiplake parish, pre and post-2014 when the boundaries changed. Your input will be treated as confidential and remain anonymous.

Please indicate your preference in the light of the changed circumstances and add comment as felt appropriate: 

Click here to link to survey.

Should you have any queries contact email: np2019@shiplakevillages.com

Please respond by Tuesday 19th March 2019

**Affordable Housing

‘Affordable housing’ policies differ to some extent for administrative areas (districts, counties and cities), reflecting local circumstances e.g. average earnings and house prices are higher in SODC than, say, areas of the north of England. This may impact such as salary qualification levels for eligibility i.e. higher in SODC. What is clear is that sites of more than 10 houses require 40% of the properties to be ‘affordable housing’, of which SODC expects a tenure mix of 40% affordable rented, 35% social rented and 25% other affordable routes to home ownership. Such housing will be mixed with the open market housing. 'Affordable housing' is is open to anyone on the housing register and allocated by Registered Social Landlords on the basis of need in the wider local area e.g SOHA. It does not mean that discounted housing is placed on the open market for local residents. If agreeable to developers, sites of fewer than 10 houses may have a designated affordable element, with the possibility of local residents or specific groups having priority to meet local housing needs, with the proviso it is not done in a legally discriminatory manner.