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David Wilson Homes Southern has submitted plans to build 54 homes at the Newbury site

REVISED plans to build 54 homes on the former Travis Perkins site in Mill Lane, Newbury, have now been submitted to West Berkshire Council.

In December, David Wilson Homes Southern held a public exhibition on the latest plans, which are for 54 homes, including 23 live-work units and associated works.

These plans represent a significant reduction on previous plans for 87 homes that were withdrawn last year amid concerns among local residents of the impact of the development on the local road network.

Local residents raised such concerns in light of the outline planning permission granted in January 2010 for a major redevelopment of Newbury Racecourse, which could see up to 1,500 homes and a 120-bedroom hotel built on land at the racecourse.

But design director for David Wilson Homes, Simon Kirk, said at the public exhibition of the Travis Perkins plans that he hoped the reduction in the number and height of the proposed units, together with the fact that 30 per cent of the homes were affordable, would find favour with local residents.

West Berkshire Council is due to make a decision on the plans by May 3.

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