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Joint Henley & Harpsden Neighbourhood Plan

The new Neighbourhood Plan will provide the planning strategy for Henley and Harpsden for the period 2020 – 2035.

What have we done so far?

Behind the scenes this is a busy time for the Neighbourhood Plan Committee. We have been working on evidence gathering and bringing together draft policies in a series of Topic Papers covering the key issues/themes to be covered in the revised Neighbourhood Plan.

What’s coming up?

We will be seeking your views on the sites being considered for development in the revised Neighbourhood Plan. We are planning to hold Public Exhibitions on April 9th and 10th - 10am till 3pm.

The diagram below shows the milestones we aim to achieve and when we hope to reach them:

Key Stages of Neighbourhood Plan Preparation Provisional Timetable
Public Survey Complete
Develop vision and objectives February 2021
Evidence Gathering Ongoing- April 2021
Site assessment by external consultants Complete
Drafting the policies  January – March 2021
Public Exhibition

April 9th and 10th 2021 10am till 3pm

Finalise policies and sites following Exhibition May 2021

Pre-submission Consultation

July - August 2021
Consider responses to consultation and make modifications August - September 2021
Submit Plan to SODC September 2021
Submit Plan for Examination  November – January 2022
Referendum February 2022

It is not possible to be absolutely certain about the timetable for plan preparation. The timetable might require adjustment as work proceeds.

Get Involved!

You are invited to attend the Public Exhibition planned for April. These will be drop-in sessions to allow the community to consider the development site options and to help shape and inform the Neighbourhood Plan.

Although it is our intention to hold these public exhibitions events in April, we must recognise that there is a possibility that we will encounter further delays as a result the current COVID-19 pandemic. We will keep an eye on central government guidance and inform you of any changes to the timeline or arrangements.

We understand that not everyone will be able to attend these public events, so we will also be giving you the opportunity to get involved online. More information on how to get involved will be available on the Town Council website and Neighbourhood Plan Website- https://jhhnp.org.uk/.



 The Neighbourhood Plan needs you!

Henley Town Council and Harpsden Parish Council are updating their Neighbourhood Plan (more information). The Plan is the most useful tool in the box to shape not only future development but also to identify other community issues that need to be addressed. Crucially, the Plan must be based on what local people think. Various Focus Groups have been held recently and now a comprehensive community survey has been designed.




Focus Group/s on the Climate Emergency

Thursday 12 November at 7pm

Henley Town Council and Harspden Parish council are updating their Neighbourhood Plan.

As part of the consultation, an online (Zoom) Focus Group/s on the Climate Emergency will be held on 12 November at 7pm. This will be hosted by Community First Oxfordshire and will explore how the Neighbourhood Plan might contribute to mitigating global heating. If you would like to take part, please register by emailing info@communityfirstoxon.org

Free Webinar – An Introduction to Community Led Housing in

Henley and Harpsden

Wednesday 18 November at 7pm

During the pandemic, many communities have recognised the impact people can have when they come together to meet a local need. At the same time there is a growing recognition of the impact of inadequate housing on people’s well-being and of the need for good quality affordable housing for local people.

This may be the time to explore whether a community-led housing development could be right for the local community. The refresh of the Henley and Harpsden Neighbourhood Plan may offer opportunities for a CLH project to meet local housing needs.

This webinar will give a brief introduction to community-led housing and cover:

What is community-led housing and what are the benefits
Starting from scratch: setting up a community-led housing group
How can Collaborative Housing help local community groups?
Examples and local experience in setting up community-led housing groups
Delivering community-led housing via the Henley and Harpsden Neighbourhood Plan

There will be an opportunity to ask questions and to have a follow up call to talk in detail about your own situation. The session will be approximately one hour.

Interested in booking?

Please register for the event on Eventbrite


Fiona Brown is the Communities lead at Collaborative Housing, providing frontline support to existing and emerging community-led housing groups. She has over 30 years’ experience in the affordable housing sector and is an accredited Community led Housing Advisor.

Tom McCulloch is joint-CEO of Community First Oxfordshire, which is helping Henley TC and Harpsden PC with consultation on the Neighbourhood Plan.

About Collaborative Housing

Collaborative Housing is the community-led housing hub for the Thames Valley region. We support community led housing groups from formation, through to finding a site, getting planning permission and developing and managing the homes.


Developer Presentations to Neighbourhood Plan Committee



Monday 26th October

Site X Former Youth Centre - 12.45pm
NEW1 Land North of Crossways, Shiplake - 1.30pm
Site 1126 Lucy’s Farm - 2.15pm

Monday 28th September

853 and 853a Land at Highlands Farm6:30pm
Site 991 Chilterns End7:30pm
Site C Playing Fields at Gillotts School- 8:30pm

Wednesday 30th September

Site 1158 Swiss Farm International, Marlow Road6:30pm 
Site 13 Thames Poultry Farmhouse - 7:30pm   
Site 5 Land west of Fairmile - 8:30pm

Thursday 1st October

Site 6 Land at Reading Road, Harpsden Meadows6:30pm
Site 2 Chiltern Centre - 7:30pm
Site 1117 Land east of A4155, Wyevale - 8:30pm
Site 878 Thames Farm (NE corner)9:15pm

Map of proposed development sites - click here

The meetings will be held online via Zoom and will be broadcast live

on the Council's YouTube channel - available here.


Focus Groups 

Dear Resident

Henley Town Council and Harpsden Parish Council are updating their Neighbourhood Plan (more information). As part of the process, we have commissioned Community First Oxfordshire (CFO) to talk to residents about current and future issues facing the town. Due to the current Covid-19 situation, it is not possible to hold the usual face to face activities or public meetings. Therefore, CFO is looking for people to take part in online focus groups.

These will be conducted by Zoom and will take a maximum of one and half hours.

If you would like to be considered as a focus group participant, please click on the link below and complete a short form – this will take no more than a couple of minutes.


There will be other opportunities for more people to get involved as the Neighbourhood Plan process continues. This will also include people who do not have access to digital platforms.

If you would like further information, please contact Tom McCulloch at Community First Oxfordshire: tom.mcculloch@communityfirstoxon.org

Call for Sites (Complete) 

The 'Call for Sites' was an opportunity for developers, landowners, individuals and other interested parties to suggest sites within Henley and Harpsden for development. The sites are currenlty being assessed for their suitability. 

Call for sites Questionnaire - Click here

The Henley and Harpsden Neighbourhood Plan is formally made and is now part of the Development Plan

Click here for the Joint Henley and Harpsden Neighbourhood Plan.

On 14 April 2016, the Henley and Harpsden Neighbourhood Plan was officially 'made' or adopted by South Oxfordshire District Council and is now part of the Development Plan.  

Documents relating to the plan can be seen below.

Results of Referendum - Thursday 10th March 2016

On Thursday 10 March residents voted to formally adopt the Joint Henley and Harpsden Neighbourhood Plan.

The official referendum result was as follows:

·         Votes in favour of adopting the Neighbourhood Plan – 2,105 (81.7%)

·         Votes against adopting the Neighbourhood Plan – 471 (18.3%)

To see the Results Notice for the Referendum, click here.

The Joint Henley and Harpsden Neighbourhood Plan will now go to South Oxfordshire District Council to be made.  It will then be a formally recognised part of the development plan and will be used to help determine planning issues.


Key Documents

The Neighbourhood Plan following the Examiner's amendments is available here.

The Examiner's Report is available here.


Transport Study Document

Report from Peter Brett Associates


Neighbourhood Plan Submission Documents

Joint Henley and Harpsden Neighbourhood Plan - Submission Version  June 2015

Basic Conditions Statement

Consultation Statement

Sustainability Appraisal

Baseline Report

Housing Site Assessment

JHHNP Viewing Corridors

Land Availability Assessment

Vision Objectives and Options Consultation Report

Vision Objectives and Options Consultation Report Appendices