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Bath Road bungalow development is 'acceptable' says town council

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An applicant seeking to build three bungalows behind houses on the A4 Bath Road has given Thatcham town councillors no cause for concern.

The development, to sit behind 123 and 125 Bath Road, raised no objections in a recent Thatcham Town Council planning and highways committee meeting.

The application was rejected by West Berkshire Council in June last year due to noise and general disturbance among other reasons.

Thatcham Town Council (55348286)
Thatcham Town Council (55348286)

The district council said the development would have an unacceptable impact on the amenity of the residents of 123 and 125 Bath Road.

Despite its refusal, Thatcham Town Council had no objection subject to adequate off road parking for properties 123 and 125 Bath Road.

It also called for more accessible cycling storage and raised concern with visibility of cars obstructing the footway when leaving the property.

Planning and highways chairman Simon Pike (Lib Dem, Thatcham West) said: “We didn’t object before and I suggest we don’t object again.”

He called the development “low density” in comparison to other “precedents” in the neighbourhood, noting nearby developments which have seen around 14 houses be placed behind properties.

“The alternative could be far, far worse,” Mr Pike told the chamber.

“You can see the Francis Close road layout has been designed such that it could continue further.

“The alternative to this is a more aggressive developer who could continue that density of development further along the road,” he said.

“They could probably fit twenty [properties] in this space.”

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