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Petition objecting to 2,500-home plan for Thatcham

More than 900 signatories opposing West Berkshire Council proposals

John Herring

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Up to 2,500 homes proposed for Thatcham in West Berkshire Council housing plan

A petition has been launched objecting to proposals for up to 2,500 homes to be built on the edge of Thatcham.

As reported in the Newbury Weekly News, West Berkshire Council has identified 170 hectares of land in north east Thatcham to be developed.

The council is asking for feedback on the proposals featured in its Local Plan Review, which assesses future housing and employment needs in the district.

More than 900 people have signed the petition on change.org – Thatcham Residents Say No to 2500 New Houses – since it was started two weeks ago.

The petition demands that the council thinks again and says that the town has not had any significant infrastructure investments, despite recent rapid residential growth.

It says: “This development will not make the lives of the existing residents of Thatcham better.

“It will put excessive strain on our infrastructure and services: the railway crossing, traffic congestion, roads, doctors surgeries, nursery places, leisure facilities, support services for the elderly and for Thatcham’s youth, the library and much more.

“It makes no real commitment to town centre regeneration nor does it do anything to address air quality issues.

“The proposal fails to make any specific requirement for the development to be net zero carbon, which is a commitment of both West Berkshire Council and Thatcham Town Council by 2030.”

Half of the 2,500 homes are expected to be built by 2037, and the council expects any planning applications to provide two new primary schools, a new secondary school, sports pitches, community centres and shops, and improved active travel routes.

The council said that the number of homes proposed would provide Thatcham with the infrastructure it needed.

It added that north east Thatcham, from the top of Floral Way to Colthrop, was the logical place for the town to grow.

Furthermore, constraints elsewhere in the district, such as the Detailed Emergency Planning Zones around AWE sites and 74 per cent being in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, had limited new strategic development to Thatcham, along with 1,500 homes at Sandleford Park in Newbury.

When the proposals were announced, the council’s executive member for housing, Hilary Cole (Con, Cold Ash and Chieveley), said: “Thatcham has had piecemeal development and has lagged behind in terms of infrastructure.

“It won’t be for the benefit of the new development, it would be better quality facilities for all.

“I would urge all Thatcham residents to have a look at the plan and make their views known because we need all our residents and key stakeholders to respond to our plan.”

The consultation closes on February 2 and can be responded to here 

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  • ImalwaysWright

    11/01/2021 - 19:34

    All makes sense now, housing developer dishing out back handers to get those flood alleviation schemes pushed through and removing one of the main obstacles to these mass developments. Who would have thought West Berks would act like a corrupt Banana Republic ? Shocking behaviour

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    • NewburyLad

      12/01/2021 - 09:40

      Utter drivel.

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  • hugie

    11/01/2021 - 19:30

    this is building on our green and pleasant land and a few hills here by the looks of things. Not great ideas.

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  • brunin the bear

    11/01/2021 - 11:17

    That is a new town twice the population of eg marlborough! no way.

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  • Washwaterman

    11/01/2021 - 09:59

    With the new housing developments in Thatcham and Sandleford, I propose that Burys bank road is widened to accommodate HGV's(The southern Ring road) and Greenham common fenced off, a road across the common to link with the A339 between the swan and Greenham business park. A road to be built with a bridge over the Railway near Colthrop/A4. How much will this cost? too much so it won't happen so enjoy Gridlock folks.

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