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Forty-home plan for Burghfield

Scheme would add to vitality and viability of local shops, developers say

John Herring

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ANOTHER housing development for Burghfield has been submitted.

Kingfisher First is proposing to build 40 homes, 16 affordable, on land adjacent to Brookhouse Farm, Sulhamstead Road.

The development would be on the edge of the village settlement boundary, but Kingfisher First says the site is sustainable, supporting this claim by saying the site is within 500 metres of the nearest primary school and less than one kilometre from Burghfield village. 

A supporting statement said: “We are of the opinion that this site provides an appropriate opportunity to provide additional housing, including affordable housing, to meet the needs of the area and linking the existing surrounding development to the village.”

It adds: “The site actually appears as a logical extension to the existing development. While the site is considered to be in the countryside, the developer says that the homes would not look out of place owing to the ‘semi-rural character’ of neighbouring properties.”

Thirty-three of the homes will be accessed off Saxon Gate, with the remaining seven having individual access from Sulhamstead Road.

The developer concludes that its scheme would add to the vitality and viability of local shops and services by increasing footfall in local villages. And the homes would provide much-needed affordable housing to meet an identified local need in the district.

Residents have, so far, disagreed with the developer.

Burghfield villager Delvin Lane said that the local primary school, St Mary’s, is already oversubscribed. “I cannot even get my daughter in the school despite living in catchment and having a sibling already at the school.”

To view the application, enter 15/02325/OUTMAJ into the West Berkshire Council planning website.

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  • DelvI

    05/10/2015 - 22:10

    If you would like to use my statement from the planning application, please ask first!

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