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UPDATE 25th JUNE 2021
West Berkshire updated its website yesterday to alter the expiry date for this application to Saturday October 30th 2021. This date as previously explained is moveable but it is a date for TOWN to work to but anything can happen before this date. However, at the moment no further documentation has been listed in the documents received list, but no doubt some will appear in due course. When this happens, any one who has written in will receive a letter from West Berks telling us that the website has been further amended and asking for comments giving people time to write in. This website will be updated when the situation is a little clearer.
UPDATE 12th MAY 2021
For any of you who are as mystified as the writer, as to what is happening with TOWN's application - they have been given an extension to make further amendments in view of some of the points raised by opponents to their plans. This extension is due to expire on the 30th June. Whilst it is possible the application may go to committee in June but it is not scheduled to do so at this time. The date may be further extended so the expiration date is moveable.
West Berks Planning Department appreciates that this is causing uncertainty. However, if the expiry date is extended it will be updated on their website
If further amendments come in they will be saved to the website so they can be viewed by the general public who will then be given the compulsory 21 day period to make further comments on any amendments made by TOWN. All those who have commented on the application will receive a letter listing the amended documents/plans and there would be a deadline date given for comments to be received by and if a committee date is confirmed then al who commented on the application will be notified
UPDATE 10th MARCH 2021
Obviously the Eastern Area Planning Committee did not meet on Monday 8th March and is rumoured to now take place on a date to be announced in April. However, once we have been informed of the date to decide this planning application we will update this site accordingly. In the meantime we assume that further letters of opposition can still be submitted.
UPDATE 27th FEBRUARY 2021.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
The next thing that will happen is that all the comments will be read and a précis of all the comments will be put before the committee with a recommendation from the planning department to either recommend refusal or acceptance of the planning application.
Then those people who would like to make further comments to a remote planning committee meeting you need to send a 500 word (maximum) written submission to the Council’s Planning Team details as below. (you can only do this if you have a registered objection on the portal
The covering letter or email should quote the application reference and the date of the remote meeting and, if you want to attend the remote meeting as detailed further below, provide an email address.
The written submission must be sent by no later than 12:00 p.m, on (our unconfirmed date is Monday 8th March) which is two days before the remote meeting on Wednesday 10th March (again date to be confirmed. Should this meeting have to be postponed for any reason the timing for submissions remains the same (e.g. by 12:00 on the Monday for a remote planning committee meeting to be held the following Wednesday).
by email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or
by post, delivery, etc, to the Council’s
25th JANUARY 2021
We could just about to lose the fight to save
Please see below letter from West Berkshire Council which the writer believes to be self explanatory but explanatory notes are listed under. Even if you have already submitted your letters opposing the development please do e-mail or write in again as we have been told that West Berks anticipate and expect this planning application to go through which would be heart breaking. If each person who knows about the development could let just 5 other people know (if possible), and ask if they would kindly write in that could boost the numbers considerably. All letters to be received by Council by 16th February 2021
26th January 2021
Planning application under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990
This is to inform you that the above application has yet to be determined, with ongoing work having been taking place since the consultation last year. Additional information has been submitted to the Council and this is a final consultation before a decision is to be made on the application. The additional information may be viewed online at the following address:
The main changes to the application include:
· Clarification of proposed residential uses – to include homes for older people, custom & self-build;
· Proposed Heads of Terms for a s.106 legal agreement (including how the community building could be offered as a GP surgery);
· The final transport study;
· Third party review of the transport study commissioned by the Council;
· Additional details on Public Rights of Way across the site;
· Additional details on the proposed Emergency Vehicles only access;
· Addition of Root Protection Zones to the highway access drawings;
· Minor adjustments to some of the parameter plans.
· Consequential amendments to the supporting documentation.
For your information and ease of reference the additional documents are listed in the table below:
If you wish to make comments on the additional information please write to the Planning Service at the above address or email by 16th February 2021 and quoting the above application number. Any letters received after this date may not be able to be taken into account in the decision making process. I can also confirm that any previous comments you have made will be taken into account when any decision is made on this application.
Unfortunately at this moment in time we only have the statutory 21 days (16th February) to bolster our number of objections.
Basically, the amended plans show the layout of the proposed building site and the access to it. It is intended that a single lane access with pavements will be the only vehicular access from the Sainsbury’s end of Pincents Lane with access from the metal gates in
The plans also show the topography of the site with the intended levels and the height (one, two or three storeys) of the proposed buildings, with stepped plateaus so the natural lines of the hill will be lost.
The group’s main concerns are firstly the traffic flow from Sainsbury’s roundabout especially with construction vehicles. A question has been asked of West Berks (so far unanswered) - what is the anticipated access for constructions vehicles and it can only be one of two ways. Firstly adding to the confusion of the Sainsbury’s traffic, or secondly up Langley Hill, into
Secondly because even West Berks Landscape report said that there are areas of the development even after fifteen years growth of trees that will not be hidden and will still be clearly visible, but the new plans show that the land will be plateaud and stepped (rather like rice fields and tea plantations) to form platforms to be built on. There are areas that will have 3 storey buildings which again may still not be hidden by the promised new tree line even by excavating and lowering ground levels. The new tree line will be mainly leylandii and not a woodland mix.
Thirdly, a loss of our landscape, character and sense of place which will totally change the atmosphere to not only Tilehurst and Calcot, but Holybrook and the surrounding area. It is a much valued and loved natural open space with many different habitats which makes it a unique gem in both its landscape and irreplaceable soul of the community. Especially over the past year with Covid19 and lockdowns, it has been an absolute godsend.
Fifthly, infrastructure concerns such as the provision of school places, GPs and suitable access to the site. No comments from the Council have been publicly forthcoming on schools - other than for them to say that it is ANTICIPATED that this matter will be covered by CIL payments to the Council by the developer (formerly known as S106 payments). Another comment when directly questioned about schooling in the area was that pupils could be bussed to schools. Also there are doubts about the powers that be actually allowing a designated medical centre.
We have set out below the heading for reply for both e-mail and post and would be grateful for your help, if you can perhaps let at least 5 others know if possible in order to reach as many people to show West Berks how much us residents value our hill we need objections to the alterations and the development to save it.
Please, we need your help to save Pincents Hill/ Thank you.
The Combined Save Pincents Hill and Save Calcot Action GroupS
Head of Development and Planning,
I/We OBJECT to the planning application at
PLANNING APPLICATION SUBMITTED
LETTERS OF SUPPORT OR OPPOSITION TO BE RECEIVED AT THE COUNCIL
BY 18th FEBRUARY 2019
(please see update page)
Friday January 15th 2019
Planning Application validated
(please see update page)
Tuesday September 18th September 2018