<p align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><b style="font-size: 24px; line-height: 31.2px; font-family: Calibri;">The Story so Far</b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 144pt; text-indent: -144pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;">November 2011                 </span><span style="text-align: justify; text-indent: -144pt; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 14pt; line-height: 1.3;">Sonning Common Parish Council decides a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) </span><span style="text-align: justify; text-indent: -144pt; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 14pt; line-height: 1.3;">should be established for the village.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 144pt; text-indent: -144pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;">February 2012                    An NDP working party, made up of parish councillors and volunteer residents, is formed.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 144pt;"><b><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;">The purpose of the NDP is to ensure that residents’ views are taken into consideration in the formulation of new housing, recreation, employment, traffic and parking plans in Sonning Common until 2027.</span></b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 144pt; text-indent: -144pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;">April 2012                            Public meeting in the Village Hall to explain the purpose of an NDP:</span></p><p /><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 180pt; text-indent: -18pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">        </span></span><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;">170 residents attend</span></p><p /><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 180pt; text-indent: -18pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">        </span></span><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;">14 potential sites, approved by South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC), are considered for the building of 138 new homes.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 144pt; text-indent: -144pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;">June &amp; July 2012                Public meetings convened in the Village Hall to recruit volunteer residents to complete structured Site Assessment, Landscape Setting and Village Character surveys on the 14 sites. (A total of 217 surveys are completed by July 2013).</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 16pt; line-height: 1.3; text-indent: -144pt;">      </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 144pt; text-indent: -144pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;">September 2012                ‘Drop-in’ public meeting takes place in the Village Hall to update residents about the completed surveys to date and to gain their feedback on a regeneration of the village centre.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 144pt; text-indent: -144pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;">October-December 2012</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 162pt; text-indent: -18pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">        </span></span><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;">A draft VISION Statement as to how Sonning Common might look in 2027 is circulated to 2,000 residents and their feedback sought.</span></p><p /><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 162pt; text-indent: -18pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">        </span></span><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;">A Housing Survey is completed by 24% of residents:</span></p><p /><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 198pt; text-indent: -18pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;">-<span style="font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">         </span></span><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;">approx 25% of respondents say Sonning Common needs affordable housing </span></p><p /><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 198pt; text-indent: -18pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;">-<span style="font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">         </span></span><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;">approx 75% of respondents oppose backland development.</span></p><p /><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 162pt; text-indent: -18pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">        </span></span><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;">A Business Survey is conducted.</span></p><p /><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 162pt; text-indent: -18pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">        </span></span><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;">A Traffic Survey Task group is established (its interim report is published in July 2013).</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 144pt; text-indent: -144pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;">February 2013                    Two public meetings, headlined ‘Decision Time,’ are held in the Village Hall. Detailed analyses of residents’ Site Assessment Surveys, using recognised planning criteria, are provided in three presentations and feedback requested.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 144pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;">Analyses of Site Assessment Surveys are independently audited by two groups of residents and the final conclusions published in Sonning Common Magazine.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 144pt; text-indent: -144pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;">Spring 2013                         Chiltern Edge School governors request SODC to include part of the school site for potential new housing development. Site Assessment surveys are subsequently completed.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 144pt; text-indent: -144pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;">June 2013                            SCNDP website is launched - www.scpc-ndp.co.uk</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 144pt; text-indent: -144pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;">July 2013                              A public meeting is held in the Village Hall to outline nine possible options for developing the now 15 available sites in Sonning Common. Feedback is sought.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 144pt; text-indent: -144pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;">October 2013                     Public meeting in the Village Hall. Presentations focus on:</span></p><p /><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 198pt; text-indent: -18pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;">-<span style="font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">         </span></span><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;">Traffic and transport</span></p><p /><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 198pt; text-indent: -18pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;">-<span style="font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">         </span></span><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;">Village character </span></p><p /><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 198pt; text-indent: -18pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;">-<span style="font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">         </span></span><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;">Residents’ three preferred options for development (outcome of July meeting).</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 144pt; text-indent: -144pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;">November 2013                 A public exhibition is held in the Village Hall to update residents on the SCNDP ‘Story So Far’.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 144pt; text-indent: -144pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;">April 2014                            A draft Scoping Report is published by the SCNDP Working Party, looking at the sustainability of proposed development in Sonning Common. The report is circulated to designated consultees, including neighbouring parishes, and is available on the SCNDP website.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 144pt; text-indent: -144pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;">June 2014                           The NDP working party holds meetings with residents whose homes neighbour the proposed, shortlisted sites for development - SON 6 (Kennylands Road In-fill), SON 7 (Hagpits), SON 9 (Lea Meadow), SON 15a (Chiltern Edge Top) - to explain the proposals and gather feedback.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 144pt; text-indent: -144pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;">November 2014                 Further meetings are held with residents who live nearby SON 1 (Old Copse Field) and SONs 2 and 3 (Bishopswood Middle Field and Memorial Hall Field).</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 144pt; text-indent: -144pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;">                                              Public exhibitions take place in the village hall on 15 and 16 November - a preliminary public consultation on the draft NDP. A total of 257 residents attend the sessions. Nearly 200 feedback questionnaires are returned.<br /></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 144pt; text-indent: -144pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;">February/March 2015</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 144pt; text-indent: -144pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;">September 2015</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 144pt; text-indent: -144pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;">October 2015</span></p><p align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 144pt; text-align: center; text-indent: -144pt;"><b><span style="font-size: 18pt; font-family: Calibri;">The Next Steps</span></b><b style="line-height: 1.3; text-indent: -144pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;"> </span></b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 18pt; text-indent: -18pt;"><b><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">        </span></span><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;">The Sonning Common Neighbourhood Development Plan (SCNDP) will be written.</span></b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 18pt; text-indent: -18pt;"><b><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">        </span></span><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;">Landowners, residents and other relevant parties will be consulted.</span></b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 18pt; text-indent: -18pt;"><b><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">        </span></span><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;">The Plan will be submitted to South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) as well as an independent examiner for approval.</span></b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 18pt; text-indent: -18pt;"><b><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">        </span></span><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;">Residents will vote on the Plan in a referendum - summer 2015.</span></b></p><p> </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 18pt; text-indent: -18pt;"><b><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">        </span></span></b><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Calibri;"><b>A 50% vote in favour of the Plan will make it a legally-recognised policy for planning and development in Sonning Common until 2027.</b></span></p><p /><p />