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Newbury and Greenham councillors oppose Sandleford Park development

'It is totally unacceptable to now allow this development to go ahead'

Dan Cooper

Dan Cooper


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Local councillors oppose Sandleford housebuilding scheme

Councillors from both Newbury town and Greenham parish councils have unanimously agreed to oppose the latest proposals to build up to 1,000 new homes at Sandleford Park.

The two councils recently considered the recommendations of their Joint Working Group (JWG), which was set up two years ago to ensure a coordinated response to the application.

The Sandleford JWG had met four times in the previous two weeks to prepare an initial response to Bloor Homes’ re-submitted plans for the main part of Sandleford Park.

Speaking after the meetings, JWG chairman,  councillor Roger Hunneman, said: “I’m very pleased that our proposals were unanimously accepted by both councils, because that indicates that both councils support us – across all four parties represented.”

Councillor David Marsh presented the JWG proposals to Newbury town councillors at a meeting last month.

He emphasised that the whole planning policy situation had moved on since Sandleford was first allocated as a strategic site for housing in 2012.

He said: “We really must pause and take on board the impact of the climate emergency and Covid-19 on living, travel and work habits.

“It is totally unacceptable to now allow this development to go ahead.”

At a Greenham Parish Council meeting last Wednesday, Gary Puffett, who chaired the meeting, said: “It has always been the view of Greenham council that Sandleford was too much for our parish, particularly coming as it does after 1,500 homes on the racecourse and many other developments off of Pyle Hill and Pinchington Lane in recent years.”

Plans to develop the site, which is located off Monks Lane, have been in the pipeline for almost a decade when it was first identified by West Berkshire Council as being suitable for development.

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  • Newbury boy

    07/09/2020 - 17:25

    west berkshire council will approve this as the councillor in charge of housing lives in Chieveley so doesnt care about South Newbury


  • brunin the bear

    04/09/2020 - 14:01

    Build it! we need 2/3 bed houses with gardens not more slummy flats. Pop of uk likely to be £75m plus mid century net pop growth exponential and we are building how many houses a year? Get real.


  • hugie

    04/09/2020 - 11:16

    If this brings traffic gridlock to town more pollution and no form of mass rapid transit around town then i am not for this as this is a lovely area. Build on old sites which are fast running out theres be plenty of office space to change use ???? besides also the fact that we need more affordable units so people sharing can move into their own place ... theres not enough decent priced accommodation for people who are in work but cant afford 750-800 quid a month plus bills to move. newbury needs to do something with that. How about knock all of greenham down and start again.


  • brunin the bear

    04/09/2020 - 10:09

    Town council irrelevant- been bushwacked by greenluvvielefties. We need more housing for all those asylum seekers they love so much. get on with it you twits.