The Story so Far
Sonning Common Parish Council
decides a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) should
be established for the village.
An NDP working party, made
up of parish councillors and volunteer residents, is formed. The purpose of the
NDP is to ensure that residents’ views are taken into consideration in the
formulation of new housing, recreation, employment, traffic and parking plans
in Sonning Common until 2027. Public meeting in the Village Hall to
explain the purpose of an NDP: 170
potential sites, approved by South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC), are considered for the building of 138 new
Public meetings convened in the Village
Hall to recruit volunteer residents to complete structured Site Assessment,
Landscape Setting and Village Character surveys on the 14 sites. (A total of 217
surveys are completed by July 2013). ‘Drop-in’ public meeting takes
place in the Village Hall to update residents about the completed surveys to
date and to gain their feedback on a regeneration of the village centre.
draft VISION Statement as to how Sonning Common might look in 2027 is
circulated to 2,000 residents and their feedback sought. Approx
25% of respondents say Sonning Common needs affordable housing
75% of respondents oppose backland development.
Business Survey is conducted.
Traffic Survey Task group is established (its interim report is published in July
Two public meetings,
headlined ‘Decision Time,’ are held in the Village Hall. Detailed analyses of
residents’ Site Assessment Surveys, using recognised planning criteria, are
provided in three presentations and feedback requested.
Analyses of Site Assessment Surveys are independently
audited by two groups of residents and the final conclusions published in
Sonning Common Magazine.
governors request SODC to include part of the school site for potential new
housing development. Site Assessment surveys are subsequently completed.
SCNDP website is launched -
A public meeting is held in the Village
Hall to outline nine possible options for developing the now 15 available sites
in Sonning Common. Feedback is sought.
Public meeting in the Village
Hall. Presentations focus on:
three preferred options for development (outcome of July meeting).
A public exhibition is held in
the Village Hall to update residents on the SCNDP ‘Story So Far’.
A draft Scoping Report is published by the
SCNDP Working Party, looking at the sustainability of proposed development in
Sonning Common. The report is circulated to designated consultees, including
neighbouring parishes, and is available on the SCNDP website.
The NDP working party holds meetings with residents whose homes neighbour the proposed, shortlisted sites for development - SON 6 (Kennylands Road In-fill), SON 7 (Hagpits), SON 9 (Lea Meadow), SON 15a (Chiltern Edge Top) - to explain the proposals and gather feedback.
Further meetings are held with residents who live nearby SON 1 (Old Copse Field) and SONs 2 and 3 (Bishopswood Middle Field and Memorial Hall Field).
Public exhibitions take place in the village hall on 15 and 16 November - a preliminary public consultation on the draft NDP. A total of 257 residents attend the sessions. Nearly 200 feedback questionnaires are returned.
Sonning Common Neighbourhood Development Plan (SCNDP) will be written.
residents and other relevant parties will be consulted. The
Plan will be submitted to South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) as well as
an independent examiner for approval.
will vote on the Plan in a referendum - summer 2015. A
50% vote in favour of the Plan will make it a legally-recognised policy for
planning and development in Sonning Common until 2027.
Residents voted overwhelmingly for the Sonning Common Neighbourhood Development Plan to be adopted following a referendum on Thursday 29th September. 94% of electors voted 'yes'.