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As developers continue to push for AVDC planning approval to build 239 dwellings West of Churchway and North of Rosemary Lane (Planning Reference 17/02280/AOP) despite serious concerns raised by local residents over risks of flooding and traffic management issues, we read in the local rag that MP John Howell has been re-appointed as Neighbourhood Planning Champion.

So, if you'll permit a heavy note of cynicism from your website editor, see how you feel about the following pile of excrement, as published in the most recent edition of the Thame Gazette (05 January 2018).

MP to continue community planning work

Henley MP John Howell is to continue his role in developing neighbourhood planning.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has re-appointed Mr Howell as Neighbourhood Planning Champion.

A spokesperson for the department said: "Neighbourhood planning is transforming the planning system throughout the country and over 2,200 communities are now fully involved in producing a neighbourhood plan.

"This popular approach to planning, in helping to shape the future of local areas, is having a profound effect on local communities.

"The experience and insights that John Howell has gained is very valuable. It is hoped the MP will be able to encourage communities to take up neighbourhood planning and to update their plans as this becomes due."

Mr Howell said: "I am delighted to be re-appointed to continue this important work of encouraging communities to develop neighbourhood plans.

"They are proving their worth in so many different locations around the country and are establishing good partnership arrangements with local district councils. I look forward to working with local communities."

Thame Gazette
5th January 2018.

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