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Sterling estate plans criticised by Newbury Town Council

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Councillors object to plans for 190 new homes near Newbury town centre

NEWBURY Town Council's planning and highways committee raised its objection to the planned development at Sterling Industrial Estate last night (Monday).

Councillors expressed concern over the plans to build 190 new homes on the brown field site in Kings Road, citing the scale of the planned development, the impact it will have on neighbours and the impact it will have on traffic as grounds for their objection.

Speaking against the development was district councillor Roger Hunneman (Lib Dem, Victoria) and a member of the public from, Newbury, who told the meeting his property would be in the shadow of the new development, that he would suffer serious overlooking and that his own home would be devalued.

Mr Hunneman told the meeting his major concern was the loss of the through road, which he said would have a serious detrimental impact on the surrounding area.

Councillors heard that a well known traffic blackspot, the Sainsbury's roundabout, will be further exacerbated if the Sterling Estate scheme also goes ahead.

The roundabout is already expected to become more congested once up to 1500 homes are built at Newbury Racecourse.

Sutton and Griffin architect Patrick Griffin attended the meeting and attempted to allay councillors' fears over the impact the development would have on local roads by saying the same traffic management firm as used at the for the racecourse development.

Mr Griffin told the meeting that this meant there could be integrated traffic planning across the two developments.

Councillors, however, were unconvinced.

Summing up their general feeling in the meeting, Anthony Pick (Con, St Johns), said: “That is the one roundabout where we are all held up now. We are going to be held up even more when the racecourse development is built and even more so if this [Sterling Industrial Estate] development is added.

There were only two abstentions to the vote objecting to the development. Julian Swift-Hook (Lib Dem, Greenham) and Jeff Beck (Con, Clay Hill) withheld their opinion.

Newbury Town Council will now submit its recommendations to West Berkshire Council.

West Berkshire Council has set a determination date of April 6.

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