23 Jun


Following the deferral of a decision by SODC at their 8th June committee meeting, the planning application for an additional 241 houses at Littleworth Road will be decided by SODC next week.  If you are concerned about the proposed development there are two important actions that your Neighbourhood Plan Team would ask you to take:

  1. Attend the site visit on Monday 27 June at 2pm

The Planning Committee are due to visit the proposed development site at Littleworth Road and the village in general on Monday 27th June at 2pm. This is so that they can fully assess the planning application and get an idea of its position in the village and the impact it may have. It is really important that residents show the planning committee in a non-confrontational way that there are fundamental issues around both safety and sustainability to be addressed and considered and that we would like the Neighbourhood Plan to address future housing growth in Benson in the round.  If you can make it, please turn up at 2pm at the farm entrance to the Littleworth Road site (about halfway down Littleworth Road).


  1. Attend SODC’s Planning Committee Meeting on Wednesday 29 June at 6pm

Following the deferral on 8th June and after deliberating their above visit, the SODC Planning Committee will make a decision on the West Waddy 2 application at a meeting on Wednesday 29th June at 6 pm.  The meeting will be held at Didcot Civic Hall, Britwell Road, Didcot, OX11 7JN.  Please come along to this meeting and help to show the strength of local feeling on this matter.  You will not be required to speak at the meeting but it is essential that we show by our attendance what the village thinks.

08 Jun

NEWS UPDATE – 8 June 2016

Good News

Thank you so much to everyone who came along to the SODC Planning Committee this evening (Wednesday 8 June).

For those of you who were not able to attend we wanted to let you know some good news.  SODC has decided to defer their decision on the second West Waddy application until they receive further detailed information and have an actual visit to the site.

Jon, Dave, Frank and Felix all fought our corner really well and gave a thorough overview of our objections and concerns (in the few minutes they were given).

All in all the SODC Planning Committee were very positive about the progress of the Benson Plan and seemed incredibly support of such Plans in general so please stick with us. We are being listened to.

The next steps to move our Plan forward are to get the results from the Housing Needs Survey and firm up the draft policies we’ve produced so far. We will also be talking to the various land owners / agents that have put sites forward for development.

Don’t forget the Benson Plan Drop-in Sessions are this weekend, Friday 10 June 7pm – 9pm and Saturday 11 June 10am – 2pm at the Parish Hall. Please come along to meet the Benson Plan team and find out where we are with the Plan and how you can still get involved.  Your contribution will be really appreciated. This is YOUR village so tell us what you want.