News Sheet Summer 2015
Goring & Streatley Amenity Association
News Sheet Summer 2015
Welcome to our Summer News Sheet, and thank you for your recent comments.
Housing in Goring
The big news since our last issue is the Parish Council’s decision, prompted by residents including many of our members, to draw up a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP). Assuming that this proceeds to completion and acceptance, it will determine the pattern of life in Goring for years to come. The process will be led by Councillor Brandon Hancox, and so far some 60 residents have volunteered to help. The first of a series of public consultations is planned to take place on September.
The NDP provides an opportunity for residents to register their views on aspects which are not covered by existing development planning procedures, such as the size and nature of dwellings. As an example, there is a shortage of property in Goring suitable for older householders wishing to down-size. We note that Woodcote laid down in their NDP the configuration of some of their new buildings in a way that precludes subsequent enlargement. Your Association will be seeking to contribute to the organisers’ choice of considerations and criteria, particularly with regard to the selection of sites for new housing.
Because the NDP is fundamentally about the use of land, it may not cover some aspects of community life which might otherwise feature in a village plan. It may however admit opinions on issues like new footpaths and cycle tracks, or the provision of adult exercise equipment, and it could re-open the debate on the future pattern of the centre of the village. It may also be possible to add a section which presents concerns on subjects like traffic and education to Goring Parish Council to follow up outside the NDP.
Streatley Parish Plan Review
A draft of the updated Plan was presented to the Parish Assembly at the end of May. After some modification, it is to go before the Parish Council at the time of writing, and if approved will go forward to West Berks Council, who are expected to review it by the end of August.
One aspect which concerns many residents of both villages: we hear that opinion is divided 50/50 for and against car parking in Streatley High Street.
Annual General Meeting
At the AGM in April, Derek James took over as Treasurer from David Boyd.
Brian Trent and Paul O’Loughlin have joined the committee.
Help, please !
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