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Council refuses 14 proposed homes at East Ilsley

West Berkshire Council has refused a proposal to build 14 new houses on land outside the settlement boundary of East Ilsley.

The application, submitted by Manor Oak Homes, included eight social/affordable houses and a new access road off Fidlers Lane.

Layout of the new homes
Layout of the new homes

But the council said that while there is a demonstrable need for affordable housing within the district, the application failed to demonstrate why this housing is required within East Ilsley.

It further rejected the proposal on grounds of increased flooding risk to neighbouring properties and compromised highway safety.

Site of the refused housing estate at East Ilsley
Site of the refused housing estate at East Ilsley

The council previously refused two proposals to build houses on Pen Meadow in 2016 and 2017, as the area was not included in its local development plan.

The appeal status of the current application is unknown.

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