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31 objections to new homes plan in Midgham

Developers are hoping it will be third time lucky when an application to build 16 new homes in Midgham goes before planners next week.

Both previous applications have been recommended for approval by officers and presented to eastern area planning committee.

West Berkshire Council offices
West Berkshire Council offices

Both items have been overturned by members and refused. And the latest plans have 31 objections lodged.

Woolhampton Parish Council objects to the application on the grounds of access to the Bath Road (there are already a number of access points on to the Bath Road so another will add to potential for collisions).

There are also concerns raised about water runoff and sewage, particularly with the volume of houses on the opposite side of the road.

Other objections include that building works will ruin the village and village aesthetic and that the land is not suitable for 16 dwellings with insufficient room for overflow parking.

Others say the development does not have a realistic plan for parking, and this will lead to overflow parking in the area and village hall.

The development to the east of Woolhampton created sheet ice from flooding and traffic was diverted before of this, says another adding the area is not built for these circumstances which could easily arise again.

The matter goes before the eastern area planning committee next week.

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