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Key decision on A339 access road delayed due to another council blunder

Vote to use compulsory purchase powers deferred after incorrect report published

Chris Ord

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Chris Ord

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ANOTHER West Berkshire Council blunder has meant that the decision on whether the authority will acquire a piece of land to build an access road from the A339 to Faraday Road will again be delayed.

Last night (Thursday) councillors were due to vote on the use of compulsory purchase powers to obtain the land, which it says is vital to the planned London Road Industrial Estate development.

The decision had previously been delayed at the beginning of July when councillors noticed a technical error in the plans which meant that a vote was deferred until later that month.

West Berkshire councillors then voted in favour of pushing ahead with a compulsory purchase order (CPO) to obtain the land at a meeting on July 20.

However, subsequent developments 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, gave the council cause to “revisit” the decision at a full council meeting last night (Thursday).

But at last night's meeting the matter was again deferred when it became apparent that an old copy of the report had been attached to the agenda.

Speaking at the meeting council chief executive Nick Carter said: “This matter is being deferred in view of an administration error with the incorrect version of the report being published.”

However Mr Carter pointed out that negotiations with FDL to reach an agreement over the land were ongoing and pointed out that “if these negotiations continued successfully then the matter should not need to be considered by the council”.

The land will be used to create a new access road from the A339, onto Fleming Road, subsequently leading to Faraday Road.

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.

For the full story see next week’s Newbury Weekly News.

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