Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Planning application for "up to 110 homes" on outskirts of Theale

Planning application 19/01172/OUTMAJ has been submitted for "outline application for residential development of up to 110 dwellings. Matters to be considered: Access".

The site is the triangular field between The Green, the A340 Pangbourne Road and the road leading to Bradfield. This site was allocated for up to 100 homes "with an emphasis on family housing" in the local plan.

Although this is an outline application to consider the access, if approved it will also allow up to 110 homes to be built. This is obviously more than the 100 allocated in the local plan. 

Plans and planning documents can be accessed at http://planning.westberks.gov.uk/rpp/index.asp?caseref=19/01172/OUTMAJ



Result of West Berkshire Council Election

I am very pleased to say that I have been re-elected to serve as councillor for Theale ward on West Berkshire Council. It will be a privilege to represent villagers for the next four years.


The overall result of the election was:

Conservatives 24 councillors
Liberal Democrats 16 councillors
Green Party 3 councillors


(The number of councillors has been reduced from the previous 52 to 43).

The council is therefore still controlled by the Conservatives, but with a reduced majority of four (was previously 47)

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Standing for election to represent Theale ward on West Berks Council


There will be an election to elect councillors to all wards in West Berkshire District on May 2nd.

I am delighted to say that I have been nominated by the Liberal Democrats to stand in the election for Theale ward.

I first got involved in local politics because I really care about Theale and its residents and I want to continue to do the best for the village.

If elected, I will continue to keep in touch with residents on my regular Saturday morning walk-abouts in the High Street, with my regular email newsletters and on my Facebook page.

I have lived in Theale with my wife Sheila for over 33 years and we brought up our three daughters here. I therefore know the village well and believe that I understand villagers' concerns.

Over the past four years I have been leader and deputy leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on the West Berks Council and have been opposition spokesman for the Environment, Planning and Housing, and Highways and Transport.

A Labour and a Conservative candidate are also standing.



Sunday, 10 February 2019

Way cleared for new Theale primary school

An extraordinary Theale Parish Council Meeting on 6th February approved various legal documents concerned with releasing the land required for the new primary school and agreed for two members of the council to sign them.

This should mean that work  that work will be able to start on site within weeks.

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Plan for new driving range at Theale Golf Club refused


Planning application 18/02203/COMIND to replace the 6 bay driving range with an 18 bay one and install new ballstop netting, floodlighting, video room, etc. has been refused for the following reasons:

1 Visual impact on the AoNB

2 Impact of the floodlighting on nearby properties

3 Effect of increased levels noise on nearby properties

4 Effect on wildlife

Full details of the reasons can be obtained from the Notice of Refusal and Delegated Report at http://planning.westberks.gov.uk/rpp/index.asp?caseref=18/02203/COMIND

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Extraordinary meeting of Theale Parish Council 6th February

Extraordinary meeting of Theale Parish Council to be held on Monday Wed 6th Feb.

Items on the agenda (Part II) suggest that the council is being asked to make a decision about releasing the lease on the land required for the new primary school.

Please click here for the agenda.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Planning application for up to 265 homes on Pincents Hill

A planning application has been submitted to build up to 265 homes and "community healthcare hub" on Pincents Hill.

Access would be off Pincents Lane, just above the bollards near Pincents Manor. The lane would still be a no-through road, though there would be an access to the site for emergency vehicles further up the hill.

This site was NOT allocated for housing in the local plan because of concern whether Pincents Lane could cope with housing in addition to IKEA.

Full details on the West Berks Council planning website