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Thatcham housing appeals date announced

More than 700 homes could be built around the town

Henwick Park developer back with scaled-down plans

A DECISION on whether more than 700 homes will be built on Thatcham’s outskirts will be made by this summer. 

Developer A2Dominion is looking to build up to 495 homes and a primary school at Siege Cross Farm, north of the A4 and east of Floral Way (preview picture)

Croudace wants to build 225 homes at Henwick Park, to the west of Cold Ash Hill and north of Heath Lane (pictured above).

The developer has also said that there is provision for a GP surgery on the site. 

West Berkshire Council fought planning appeals in November when the developers said that the local authority was in denial over its out-of-date housing figures. 

The council said that Thatcham needed time to allow for infrastructure to catch up after witnessing considerable growth in recent decades. 

On Siege Cross, the council argued that the substantial development was in the wrong place at the wrong time. 

The inquiry heard that four of the council’s five reasons for objecting to Henwick Park had either been dropped or could be met by a planning condition.

The move means that the fate of Henwick Park rests on the council’s claim that it can demonstrate a five-year housing supply. 

Since the Thatcham appeals, up to 401 homes are to be built around Vodafone’s HQ after the council lost a planning appeal last month. 

The Planning Inspectorate said that delays to the 2,000-home development at Sandleford Park had led the council’s housing supply to fall short.

But it added that the 400 homes at Shaw-cum-Donnington would enable the council to demonstrate a five-year supply of housing land.

The Planning Inspectorate has said that a decision on the two Thatcham appeals will be made on or before Thursday, July 6. 

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  • janis17656haris

    11/05/2017 - 16:04

    I live off Bowling Green Road and the traffic is horrendous takes ages turn right onto the road and its just so dangerous. We have had our brick wall knocked down by a young driver taking the bend too quickly - luckily it was done at night and not during the day otherwise young children could have been killed. He managed to damage most of my brick wall and ended up crashing into a lamp post luckily for him he didn't kill himself.

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  • Justin S

    11/05/2017 - 08:08

    Strange how my daughter, who approached the planners about issues with natural springs, geographical issues, road infrastructure issues, the infamous bridge, the current queues of traffic up Floral Way, A4 traffic issues ,the local schools bursting and various other issues within the scope of the build, she had no response and basically ignored, because they couldn't give a genuine answer back. We don't need more housing here. There are other areas as pointed out that could benefit more so. Someone is getting back handers for this potential build.

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    • Boriss

      11/05/2017 - 21:09

      The Council turned the proposal down - it has gone to appeal. Get your facts right before making stupid and unfounded accusations.......

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    • Bombey

      11/05/2017 - 12:12

      A rather bold claim.....

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      • NewburyDenizen

        11/05/2017 - 16:04

        yet entirely believable with the council we have "leading" us.

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        • Boriss

          11/05/2017 - 21:09

          Can't any of you read - the Council refused the development - it is at appeal and being determined by the Secretary of State. You just show yourselves up as idiots when you get it so so wrong.

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        • RSTURBOS2

          13/05/2017 - 09:09

          No Boriss YOU are the idiot, of course they will be built, this is just part of the game - this plan was agreed years ago, it's just them keeping people like you in the outer loop, allowing you to think your opinion actually counts, irrespective of anything we shout about they will be built

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  • RSTURBOS2

    10/05/2017 - 18:06

    Shame that yet again Thatcham gets the developments, plenty of land in Wash Common, Highclere, loads between Newbury and Hungerford, is it because all the bent, twisted backhanded inbreds who make the decisions in the Councils all live there - NOT IN MY BACK YARD !!!! Don't think about putting a bridge over Thatcham crossing just waste all our council tax on the shxthole that is Newbury town centre, the only town centre with more Smackheads than shops.

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    • Boriss

      11/05/2017 - 21:09

      FFS - the Council TURNED THE APPLICATION DOWN. Do the Newbury inbreds struggle to read????

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    • Bombey

      11/05/2017 - 12:12

      2000 homes going in at Wash Common

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  • Hammerthebookie

    10/05/2017 - 16:04

    If the proposal goes through to build on Siege cross, i will be the first one up there chaining myself to the diggers

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