Newbury brownfield development decision delayed
Future of former Travis Perkins site remains undecided
A FINAL decision on the redevelopment of the former Travis Perkins site in Mill Lane, Newbury, has been delayed.
West Berkshire councillors had been due to discuss plans for a further 22 homes on the brownfield site at a recent meeting of the district planning committee, but were forced to defer the decision after running out of time.
The application for the new two-bed flats had already been approved by West Berkshire’s western area planning committee.
However, because the proposals would mean the loss of so-called ‘employment land’, the final decision will be made by the district committee.
Developer David Wilson Homes had initially planned to build an office block, along with the now completed 37 homes on the site, in 2014.
However, after being unable to find any takers for the proposed office space, the developer submitted an application to build 22 two-bed homes on the site instead – half of which will be affordable.
The land in question, formerly occupied by builders merchant Travis Perkins, is protected by the council’s own core policy which states it should only be used for developments that would generate employment.
The item has now been deferred to the next meeting of the district planningcommittee on September 28.