Sun, 28 Feb 2016
THATCHAM Town Council has raised no objection to converting a former recycling depot in Pound Lane into housing.
Persimmon Homes North London wants to demolish the former Veolia depot and replace it with 47 homes.
Access to the site will be from Pound Lane at a relocated junction opposite Richmond Avenue.
Persimmon says that the application represents an excellent opportunity to redevelop a derelict brownfield site in a sustainable location.
Thatcham Town Council raised no objection to the plans at a meeting last week. However, it asked that the proposed layout of one of the flats should not impact on the amenity of existing residents.
Town council leader Richard Crumly (Con, Thatcham Central) said that town councillors had not expressed strong opinions on the plans.
He said this was because the depot lies within the town’s settlement boundary and was deemed a suitable, reasonable and sustainable development site.
West Berkshire Council proposed to sell the Veolia site in 2013 after it became surplus to requirements, following the opening of the Padworth recycling centre in 2012.
The former depot was identified as a site to deliver housing and the council said that housing plans would make efficient use of a vacant
brownfield site in a sustainable location.
Fourteen of the homes have been earmarked for affordable housing, meeting West Berkshire Council’s 30 per cent requirement.
The council’s environmental health department and the Environment Agency have said that the site was contaminated, while a landfill site sits adjacent to the proposed homes.
Neither body has objected to the planned dwellings, but the Environment Agency said it had some concerns that groundwater could become contaminated.
It asked that conditions be imposed so that development could not go ahead until investigations and possible monitoring be carried out.
Meanwhile, the impact on traffic has not raised any objections.
An estimated 228 vehicle movements are expected to be made between 7am and 7pm.
However, owing to the size of the homes and possibility for multiple car usage, the council’s highways department said this number may be higher.
It adds that Lower Way and the A4 are congested during peak times.
As part of a package to mitigate the impact of 1,500 homes at Newbury Racecourse, the filter lane from the A4 to Hambridge Road is to be widened.
“Through increasing the capacity of the junction, this will improve the flow of traffic along the A4 and so it is projected that these improvement works would mitigate the increase,” the highways report states.
No residents have commented on the application at this stage.
To view the application, enter 15/03468/FULEXT into West Berkshire Council’s planning website.
A decision is due by Friday, April 15.