A4155 summer closure
OCC has announced that the main Henley - Reading road will have be closed for up to two months during the summer to allow for essential repairs, where it is subsiding near the Flowing Spring pub.
This is now expected to start at the end of August. Diversions will be put in place and details circulated in advance to Binfield Heath and Eye and Dunsden parishes, both of which will be affected by temporary traffic changes. Updates can be found on this site.
We welcome Keith Maher to the Parish Council, who was elected by councillors at the recent meeting.
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The application by Gladman to build 245 houses in Eye & Dunsden parish has been turned down by SODC on grounds of lack of available local education facilities.
The application was opposed by seven local parishes in South Oxon and by residents' associations in Emmer Green - and by Reading Borough Council.
District councillor Paul Harrison, who represents Sonning Commmon Ward, sent out the following email on May 23, which he had received from SODC Planning :
Just to update you on the above application for 245 dwellings at Emmer Green.
Both the County and Reading Borough council are objecting to the application on the lack of primary school capacity.
Reading Borough Council (RBC) have advised that the local schools in the immediate vicinity are at capacity therefore there would be an objection in principle to development that would increase demand on school places that cannot be mitigated. RBC has also advised that it does not have a duty to build new places for children located outside of the Borough therefore children from within the proposed development would not get a school place before the children of Reading residents living within the catchment.
OCC has advised that the nearest Oxfordshire primary schools to the development (within approximately 3 miles) include Sonning Common, Kidmore End, Shiplake and Peppard. The above schools are on constrained sites and are unable to expand to meet the needs of this proposed development. OCC therefore objects to this proposed development on the grounds there is insufficient primary school capacity.
The application was discussed at a recent Cabinet Member Briefing and the Leader has agreed with the recommendation to refuse the application on the lack of primary school capacity. It is therefore intended to refuse the application on that ground under delegated authority.
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