Parish Council

Binfield Heath Parish Council

BINFIELD HEATH Parish Council was established in 2003. There are six councillors, who meet on the fourth Monday of each month, except for August and December. Meetings are held in the Scout Hut opposite Orwells and start at 7.45pm. 

The councillors discuss planning proposals, the recreation ground, open spaces and allotments, the state of the highways ditches and footpaths, traffic problems, waste and litter collections and anything else which is of current concern to residents. The Parish council listens to people who live in the village and liaises on their behalf with the district and county councils and other organisations.

Parishioners are encouraged to attend and can speak at the public forum. Agendas and minutes are posted on the village noticeboards, outside the shop and in the bus shelter opposite Gravel Road.The council facilitates an annual parish meeting for residents to talk about a subject of interest or concern, usually in May.

The councillors, who are also trustees of the recreation ground charity, are re-elected every four years. Anyone living within three miles of the parish may stand for election.

There are usually several planning applications in progress at any one time. To view current and past planning applications for Binfield Heath or Crowsley, visit South Oxfordshire District Council. Major planning applications are also posted on this website under Planning. You can make your comments online to SODC or direct to the parish council.


If you are interested in taking an allotment please contact the clerk, Mandy Sermon on 01491 412908 or

Contacting you at home

The parish council has put together a list of emails of Binfield Heath residents, initially drawn from people who wanted to be kept up to date about the broadband developments. Other people have asked to be added to the list so we can contact them about news and current developments as well as social events in the parish which may be of interest to them. You can add your email to the list by clicking on the invitation on this website. 

If you would prefer not to be contacted by the council and wish to unsubscribe from the list please email

Public information

The council is required to publish the most recent governance and financial information, attached below.

Gladman application refused

The application by Gladman to build 245 houses in Eye & Dunsden parish has been turned down by SODC on grounds of lack of available local education facilities. 

The application was opposed by seven local parishes in South Oxon and by residents' associations in Emmer Green - and by Reading Borough Council. 

District councillor Paul Harrison, who represents Sonning Commmon Ward, sent out the following email on May 23, which he had received from SODC Planning :

Dear All

Just to update you on the above application for 245 dwellings at Emmer Green.  

Both the County and Reading Borough council are objecting to the application on the lack of primary school capacity. 

Reading Borough Council (RBC) have advised that the local schools in the immediate vicinity are at capacity therefore there would be an objection in principle to development that would increase demand on school places that cannot be mitigated.  RBC has also advised that it does not have a duty to build new places for children located outside of the Borough therefore children from within the proposed development would not get a school place before the children of Reading residents living within the catchment.

OCC has advised that the nearest Oxfordshire primary schools to the development (within approximately 3 miles) include Sonning Common, Kidmore End, Shiplake and Peppard.  The above schools are on constrained sites and are unable to expand to meet the needs of this proposed development. OCC therefore objects to this proposed development on the grounds there is insufficient primary school capacity.

The application was discussed at a recent Cabinet Member Briefing and the Leader has agreed with the recommendation to refuse the application on the lack of primary school capacity.  It is therefore intended to refuse the application on that ground under delegated authority. 


Joan Desmond

Major Applications Officer


South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils

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As SODC can no longer put up notices on site for every planning application we have decided to publish them on this website instead. You can use the link to look up the application on-line and make your own comments direct to SODC

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