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On Tuesday 22nd May, the Government Inspector will be hearing final submissions on proposals to develop over 500 houses in Wallingford. The general public are welcome to attend the EIP (Examination in Public) at SODC's offices at Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford, OX10 8ED from 9.30am.

It is expected that those opposed to development at Site E (Winterbrook) will attend in force.
"If you are concerned that Site B not be developed, you might want to go and listen to the arguments," says Jennie Walmsley of the Stop Site B! campaign. "Help show local opinion doesn't want houses on Site B."

The Examination in Public is due to last for two days, with Thame, Henley and other issues being discussed on the second day. The agendas for each session can be seen at

John Rodda, Vice-Chair of the Parish Council, writes:

"The soundness of the Wallingford-related modifications to the Core Strategy are to be examined against a series of 18 issues which the Inspector has identified. Representatives of bodies and certain individuals for and against the modifications have been asked to speak to clarify, confirm and elucidate matters concerning these 18 issues. These include the walking distances from the two sites, their educational implications and points specific to each site. The conclusions drawn from the discussion of each of these issues should allow the Inspector to confirm or reverse the initial judgement he made that Site E (Winterbrook) should be developed. His report will be submitted to the District Council later in the summer and the Core Strategy is expected to be adopted by the Council during the autumn.

"This hearing will be an important landmark in the history of Brightwell-cum-Sotwell―an event like no other in recent times. Undoubtedly people from Winterbrook will attend in numbers, so a good representation from the Parish would seem appropriate. Should you be planning to attend, it is best to get to SODC well before 9am. Placards and banners are not advised on this occasion. Pangs of hunger and thirst can be satisfied by the coffee, tea and sandwiches which are available on site!

"Those parishioners who made representations during the Presentation Period earlier this year will have received a message from Helen Wilson, the Programme Officer, dated 23 April. This message asked you whether or not the Core Strategy reflects the presumption in favour of sustainable development in the National Planning Policy Framework. She asked for your response by 14 May. The Parish Council is submitting a response to Mrs Wilson but has been advised that it is not necessary for parishioners to reply."

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