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Retirement village public inquiry

Delighted to see so many of you at the opening of the public inquiry yesterday. It was also great to see Kester George from Harpsden parish council lending his support.Thanks in particular to Tina Dalzell for taking the witness stand to make it clear just how strongly villagers feel. It can be hard for a small parish to make its voice heard in a public inquiry. But I am confident that we left the inspector in no doubt why we think the development would be a danger to road users, bad for its residents, bad for our villages and bad for the countryside. It is now down to South Oxfordshire and its legal team to drive the case home.

Fred Maroudas

Chair, Shiplake Parish Council

Posted by: Fred Maroudas | 11/09/2019 2:52 pm

I received notification today that the Inspector has allowed the appeal i.e. given the go-ahead for the retirement village to be built.

Posted by: Cllr David Bartholomew | 14/10/2019 7:18 pm

Is there any news yet on the result of the Public Inquiry? Or any indication when we might hear the decision?

Posted by: Pam Hudgell | 25/09/2019 9:25 am

The formal site visit by the Inspector will take place tomorrow morning (Wednesday 18th Sept.) starting at 9:30am for approx 60-90 mins. He will be accompanied by the landscape consultants representing SODC and Retirement Villages (the applicant). Please note their cars will be temporarily parked at the top of New road on the 'metal' section after 'Greenfield'. This has been discussed with neighbours who appreciate the necessity given the nature of the requirement.

Posted by: David Pheasant | 17/09/2019 2:48 pm

Just for info: The inquiry starts again Tuesday 17th September at 9:30 and the site visit is currently planned for wednesday morning.

Posted by: Joanne Stone | 13/09/2019 4:00 pm

A quick note from Joanne Stone. The Inquiry has been adjourned and restarts again on Tuesday morning (17th) at 9:30am at Henley Rugby Club. Many thanks again to all those residents who attended the Inquiry this week, especially those that spoke in objecting to the application.

Posted by: David Pheasant | 13/09/2019 2:59 pm

A quick update from yesterday's session. I wasn't able to be there but I hear from my fellow parish councillor Jo Stone that there were excellent contributions from Victoria Smith and her father Barry Smith from New Road who stressed the dangers of the A4144 and how unsuitable the site is for retirement homes. Our county and district councillors David Bartholomew and Leigh Rawlins also spoke strongly against the development. Thanks on behalf of fellow villagers. Fred Maroudas Chair, Shiplake PC

Posted by: Fred Maroudas | 12/09/2019 10:10 am

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