Sunday, 3 August 2014

Asked MP to discuss housing sites proposed for Theale with West Berks Council Leader & Chief Exec

Dear Alok,

I see from an article in the Newbury Weekly News that you are to have a meeting with the Leader and the Chief Executive of West Berkshire Council to discuss the Pincents Hill site.

I would be grateful if you could also discuss the four "preferred option" sites around Theale. These would total up to 313 homes. These, together with the 350 homes given permission on the Lakeside site, the 44 already under construction, the 20 that are the subject of planning applications and the 26 proposed behind the High Street, would increase the size of the village by almost 64%.

The allocation of these four sites is contrary to Section 4.35 of West Berkshire’s Core Strategy, which says:

Theale will remain a vibrant village which maintains a distinct identity and sense of community. The Lakeside development has planning permission to provide 350 homes in a range of different sizes and types, which would become a well integrated part of the Theale community. If this development goes ahead, Theale would need to undergo a period of consolidation to provide an opportunity for facilities and services to be upgraded.

Many Theale residents are extremely concerned about the effect such a large amount of housing would have on the character of Theale and on services such as the GP surgery, Theale Primary school (already full) and on the sewerage system.

The map below shows the location of the four sites. More information on them can be found on my Theale website.

Kind Regards,

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council

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