WEST Berkshire councillors will tonight decide whether to use compulsory purchase powers to obtain a piece of land vital to the planned London Road Industrial Estate development– for the second time.
The land will be used to create a new access road from the A339, onto Fleming Road, subsequently leading to Faraday Road, with West Berkshire District Council having previously decided to use a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) to obtain the land in July.
However developments since then including a new agreement between the council and developer St Modwen as well as an appeal from landowner Faraday Development Limited (FDL) over its own application to develop the land has given the council cause to “revisit” the decision.
In their summary report the council states: “That landowner, Faraday Development Limited (FDL) would be affected by the council's authority to make a CPO contained in the July 2015 resolution.
“Since then the Council has also concluded its development agreement with St Modwen Developments Limited.
“In light of the updated planning position it has been necessary to revisit the July 2015 decision and undertake an assessment of the council's proposed scheme and that being promoted by FDL.”
The CPO will also include a slither of land from Victoria Park to form the access road which will be part of the council’s wider plans to develop the London Road Industrial Estate, which will see 300 homes and an 80-bed hotel built.