Sunday, 11 September 2016

Compulsory Purchase Order for land required for new Theale Primary School

West Berkshire Council will decide on issuing a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) for the land required for the new Theale Church of England Primary School at its meeting on Thursday evening (15th September). 

The recommendations to the Council are:

2.1 Having given consideration to all the provisions of this report including the impact on Human Rights and Equalities, the Council resolves to delegate to the Head of Legal Services authority to make a Compulsory Purchase Order(s) and other such powers as detailed in Section 1.1 of this report.

2.2 Whilst negotiations are continuing to take place, successful negotiated purchase agreements cannot be reached despite numerous attempts to engage over the last 18 months. 

2.3 Without the Council's involvement to acquire the necessary interests in land, the Council will be unable to unlock the site for the relocation of Theale Church of England Primary School. The school has already exceeded capacity and there is an urgent need to provide more primary school places in Theale to meet current demand and projected pupil modelling numbers. The proposal will assist with meeting the Council's duty to provide sufficient primary school places. 

The land subject to the CPO is the North Street Playing Field in Englefield Road.

The item on the Council's agenda can be accessed by clicking here

The plan showing the land subject to the CPO can be accessed by clicking here.

The meeting will be held in the Council Chamber at the Council's offices in Market Street, Newbury. It will start at 7pm.

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