Flower Show

The Binfield Heath Annual Flower Show and Companion Dog Show takes place each August Bank Holiday Saturday.

Created nearly 70 years ago, this is the biggest event that takes place annually in the village. The  show attracts a large number of visitors and is a great day out for all the family. It is a forum for local people to show what they can do in the many flower, vegetable, arts and crafts competitions.

The show provides a day out for everyone, with a dog show and lots of food and entertainment for the family. Teas, a barbecue, a beer tent, and refreshments are available throughout the afternoon. Favourite attractions include birds of prey, classic cars and lots more in addition to the music provided by local bands and a large range of side shows and competitions. Ample parking is free and close to the show ground situated opposite Holmwood, Shiplake Row.

Leading up to the show are various events which help fund-raise for this local community event, including a Big Band Jazz evening which takes place on the Wednesday before the show. 

Helpers are always needed to put on this big event - if you would like to get involved either by joining the committee or just during the busy show week please contact chairman, Peter Ransom on 01189 478411 or peter.ransom@henleycomms.co.uk

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

Customer services: 01235 422600

Email: joan.desmond@southandvale.gov.uk

Visit us at: www.southoxon.gov.uk and www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk

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