Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Latest News on Housing Sites Proposed for Theale

West Berkshire Council consulted on proposed sites for new housing in the district last summer. These were called "preferred options" and were included in a document called the "Housing Site Allocations Development Plan Document" (DPD). Those preferred options included four sites around Theale:

THE001 Former sewage works in Blossom Lane - 88 homes
THE003 North Lakeside - 50 homes
THE005 Land at Junction12 (between J12 and Theale) 50 homes
THE009 Field between A340 and The Green - 125 homes

The Council has now looked again at all the sites throughout the district as a result of the consultation and has produced a new version of the DPD as a result. The Council has removed some sites altogether and has changed the number of homes proposed for many sites. It has also put in sites previously rejected (though not in Theale).

In response to consultation comments made by residents, Theale Parish Council and me, the following two sites in Theale have now been rejected:

THE001 Former sewage works in Blossom Lane - 88 homes
THE005 Land at Junction12 (between J12 and Theale) - 50 homes

Also, the number of homes proposed for the remaining two sites in Theale have been reduced significantly:

THE003 North Lakeside - now 15 homes
THE009 Field between A340 and The Green - now 70 homes

These sites are shown on the map below.





So, whereas Theale was threatened with a total of 313 new homes, 85 are now proposed. However, some people who who live in The Green face the prospect of new housing sites both in front and behind them.

There is a strong possibility that a new planning application will shortly be submitted for the two Lakeside sites (between The Green and the bypass). If this is approved then it is likely to include the 15 homes proposed for North Lakeside (THE003).

The DPD is due to be approved by a special meeting of West Berkshire Council at 7pm on November 5th at St Bartholomews School in Newbury. Residents will be able to attend the meeting but will not be able to speak. The meeting will also be webcast on the Council's Youtube Channel

Assuming it is approved, this final version of the DPD will go out to consultation between 9th November and 21st December and then submitted to the Secretary of State. It will then be subject to an independent examination. It is likely to be adopted in about a year's time.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale

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