Friday, 3 October 2014

Position of new flats being built at end of Play Platt, Theale

I had a complaint about a month ago that these flats were being built much closer to the back gardens of properties in Englefield Road than suggested on the plans.

The 30 flats are being built for Sovereign Housing Association and will accommodate people over 55 years old. They are being built on the site of the old Trafalgar Court care home, which has been demolished.

I asked the West Berkshire Council Planning Enforcement Officer to investigate. He made several visits to the site and discussed the situation with the developers and with the Planning Officer who dealt with the planning application. After taking several measurements he came to the conclusion that the flats were being built in the correct location. His main concern was their location in relation to the surrounding houses. It appears that either the plans submitted with the planning application were not correct regarding the rear boundaries of the gardens or that the gardens had been "extended". The latter seems unlikely!

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council

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