A public consultation has opened on the Henley Town Council selling off the land at 353-357 Reading Road (next to Tesco) and to use the money to build a new clubhouse for Henley Hockey Club and AFC Henley, a new 3G sports pitch, a Town Council parks depot and associated parking.
The land and buildings currently house the clubhouse for Henley Hockey Club, changing rooms for use by people renting the Astroturf pitch on Jubilee Park, the clubhouse and changing rooms for AFC Henley, No Limits gym and a workshop and storage yard for the Council’s Parks Services team. All the occupiers lease the premises from the Council but the facilities are outdated and are in need of replacement.
The site was identified in the Joint Neighbourhood Plan for 30 homes. The proposed plan shows a provision of 35 new apartments to include 40% affordable homes plus 2 retail units.
The estimated costs for new development are £2-2.4m for the clubhouse, £900,000-£1.2m for 3G pitch and £720,00 for the Council parks depot. The Council say that the majority of these costs would be covered by the sale proceeds from the developer, although this would leave a funding gap for which grant funding would be sought.
The Council are inviting the public to tell them their views of the project through a survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WTNLD85
A public exhibition showing the plans will be held in Market Place tomorrow between 10.00-12.00 noon tomorrow (Saturday). At Tesco on Saturday 15 June (10.00-12 noon) or at the Town Hall between 10-21 June.