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Parish Council news for September

NW Radley development update

Pye Homes gave a presentation to members of the Development Steering Group in mid-August, updating us on changes made to their detailed plans for the White’s Lane/NW Radley housing development in response to comments from district and county council officers and residents. The changes proposed are modest and we were generally impressed by the proposed layout and design details. Latest designs are available for the parish council’s Development Support Officer (Tom.james@radleyparish.org) on request.

Pye confirmed they are proposing to create a temporary construction access from White’s Lane at the northern end of the site in order to keep construction traffic away from Church Road and that they hope to complete the new White’s Lane/ Foxborough Road junction layout at a relatively early stage in their build programme. They are also committed to providing a tunnel under White’s Lane to allow badgers to move freely; the precise engineering is still under discussion the authorities.

On timing, Pye’s current hope is that planning permission will be granted by late October and that construction work will start early next year. But no-one is predicting timetables with any great degree of confidence at the moment.

Street names for the NW Radley development

We have had a great response to our request last month for nominations of former Radley residents who gave a lot to our community and who people would like to see remembered through a street named after them on the new development. The parish council will be considering the suggestions at its meeting on 24 September.

The formal deadline for nominations is 31 August but late nominations will be considered if they are supported by a strong statement of the contribution made by the nominee to the community and if they arrive with the Clerk by 11 September.

Planning for the Future White Paper – help invited

The Government is floating radical ideas for the reform of the planning system, some of which may undermine the influence of local people in decision taking. The documents published are long and complicated. If any reader is interested in working with us to understand the proposals, identify aspects that are likely to undermine the influence of parish councils and local communities, and develop arguments for the parish council to deploy in response to the consultation, we would greatly appreciate their help.

If you think you can help, please get in touch with the Clerk or Councillor Priscilla Dudding. The deadline for comments is 15 October so we need to make a start on this work soon.

Exhibition and public consultation on Radley Lakes masterplan

There will be an exhibition of ideas and plans for the future of the Radley Lakes area in the village hall on Saturday 19th September and in a marquee by Thrupp Lake on Sunday 20th – see notice elsewhere is this edition. The Parish Council has been working with an advisory group and an expert consultant on a plan to develop the area further as a haven for wildlife and for local walkers to enjoy. Please go along to the exhibition if you can and let us know what you think.

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