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PLEASE GO TO THE NEWS AND UPDATES PAGE WHICH CONTAINS MORE INFORMATION
our MP has written 2 letters opposing the developjment which can be found on West Berks website




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
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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 planningcommittee@westberks.gov.uk; or
         by post, delivery, etc, to the Council’s Market Street office

                                                       Planning Committee
                                             West Berkshire District Council 
                                             Council Offices
                                             Market Street 
                                             Newbury

                                             Berkshire  RG14 5LD

                                             Ref:  19/00113/OUTMAJ


Registering  to participate in the remote meeting

so long as you have:
•      sent in a written submission as set out above; and
•       provided an email address at the same time;

you will receive a web-link by email to register to participate in the remote meeting.

You must then register by no later than 16:00 on the working day before the meeting to receive a meeting invite – this will be unique to you and must not be shared with anyone.

Where more than one person from the same group of interested parties has sent in a submission and provided an email address, each will be able to register.

Joining the remote meeting

On the day of the remote meeting you will need to join the meeting ten minutes before it starts - you will be held in a virtual ante-room (please see the  
the Protocol for details about what Attendees need to do to join the remote meeting).

Process in the remote meeting

At the appropriate stage of the remote meeting:

•          the Clerk or another officer will, in turn, read out each submission or, if there is more than one             submission from any group of interested parties (“group”), a summary of those submissions;

•          you (and any other members of the group who have registered to participate) will be changed              from being an Attendee to being a Panellist (you may lose sight of the remote meeting for a                  moment whilst this takes place) but you will not be treated as being “in the meeting” until you               are called on to speak;

•          the Chairman will refer to your submission and ask the Committee members if they have any                questions relating to it(or questions for any other member(s) of your group on their                                    submissions);

•      once all questioning is concluded you will cease to be "in the room" and be made an Attendee              again.

N.B. there is no right to be asked a question – that is up to the members of the committee

 
Please see the link below to where people are able to watch all Council meetings on Youtube.
The Easten Area Planning meeting for the 10 March will be added to the list of meetings you can see
Here soon.


https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6cepKKElwne9h0GajvDRG65M2AG0Wn_U

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

                     URGENT UPDATE


25th JANUARY 2021

We could just about to lose the fight to save
Pincents Hill!

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

 

 

By email: http://planapps@westberks.gov.uk

 

Development and Planning Service
West Berkshire District Council 
Council Offices
Market Street 
Newbury

Berkshire  RG14 5LD

Our Ref:  19/00113/OUTMAJ
Your Ref:
Tel: 01635 503023Fax:  01635 519408

 

Dear,  

 Planning application under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990
Consultation on additional information received 


Reference:


19/00113/OUTMAJ

Site:

Land East of Pincents Lane, Tilehurst

Proposal:

A hybrid application comprising: Outline application for up to 265 dwellings on the western part of the site and a mixed use building comprising 450sqm (GIA) of floorspace in use class D1 to provide a community healthcare hub and residential above; Engineering operations on the area covered by the outline application to create suitable gradients for internal site roads and development platforms for the residential development;

All matters except for access to the site are to be reserved. Matters for which detailed approval are sought: detailed design of the vehicular access to the site from Pincents Lane and associated turning area, the location of the emergency vehicular access to the site and the locations of pedestrian and cycling access to the site, and

Full application for change of use of the eastern part (7ha) of the site for use as public parkland, to be protected from development in perpetuity.

 

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:

http://planning/westberks.gov.uk/rpp/index.asp?caseref=19/00113/OUTMAJ.

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;
         
 
A revised Site Travel Plan;
            
 
Design and Access Statement addendum on how crime & antisocial behaviour   is  proposed to be addressed;

·       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:

 

Date

Type

Name

Reference

12/08/20

Further Documentation

VISSIM Micro-Simulation Traffic Modelling Scoping Note

Pell Frischmann A13405/VAA

02/12/20

Further Documentation

WSP VISSIM Model Review Report

70064190-002

11/12/20

Further Documentation

Emails dated 3rd and 11th December 2020 additional Information/Response to WSP Report and Highways Comments

Pell Frischmann

12/01/21

Further Documentation

VISSIM Micro-Simulation Traffic Modelling Update Report with appendices A & B

Pell Frischman A13405/VAA/T01/RA02

27/03/20

Amended Plan

Amended Proposed Site Access: Site Arrangement

T-003 Rev G

27/03/20

Amended Plan

Amended Proposed Site Access: Swept Path Analysis

T-004 Rev G

27/03/20

Amended Plan

Amended Primary Route: Swept Path Analysis

T-005 Rev E

27/03/20

Amended Plan

Amended Illustrative Block Plan / Masterplan

048 Rev C

27/03/20

Amended Plan

Amended Parameter Plan: Access & Movement

037 Rev C

27/03/20

Amended Plan

Amended Parameter Plan: Green Infrastructure

038 Rev D

27/03/20

Amended Plan

Amended Parameter Plan: Development Height

044 Rev C

27/03/20

Amended Plan

Amended Framework Travel Plan (version 3 13/3/20)

Pell Frischmann A13405/VAA/T01/R03

27/03/20

Further Documentation

Addendum Design and Access Statement: Crime & Disorder 27/3/20

 

27/03/20

Further Documentation

Public Rights of Way: Further Details

 

27/03/20

Further Documentation

Emergency Access: Further Details

 

25/02/20

Amended Plan

Amended Flood Risk Assessment & Drainage Strategy & Appendices

Civic Engineers 1041-01 P03

27/03/20

Further Documentation

Section 106 Heads of Terms

 

27/03/20

Further Documentation

Letter outlining breakdown of residential uses

 

27/02/20

Further Documentation

Note outlining breakdown of development proposed

 

27/02/20

Further Documentation

Proposed development plan

5956.059 Rev A

27/02/20

Further Documentation

Climate change resilience strategy design note

Greengage

27/02/20

Further Documentation

Illustrative site plan community hub & residential

 

27/02/20

Further Documentation

Illustrative block plan community hub & residential

 

27/02/20

Further Documentation

Illustrative community hub & residential view A

 

27/02/20

Further Documentation

Illustrative community hub & residential view B

 

 

 

If you wish to make comments on the additional information please write to the Planning Service at the above address or email planapps@westberks.gov.uk 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. 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Lydia Mather
Senior Planning Officer



  

TOWN
t
he developers have amended their plans and have targeted places and people outside our immediate local area like Thatcham residents to write in and support the 265 homes plan in our area  Over 200 letters of support for the development have been received, we really need to rebut these and increase our number of letters of refusal, even if you have already written in. 

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 Pincents Lane as a back up access for emergency vehicles only. The main footpath running from North to South (quickest way to Sainsbury’s) will be crossed twice by roads on the development.  The Group do not think what is mainly a footpath is suitable to have high speed vehicles perhaps having to avoid pedestrians, dog walkers, mothers with toddlers and prams and occasionally horses have to hastily jump to one side.  Also, although only the residents to Pincents and other people who regularly use Pincents Lane are aware that an underground stream from a field at the top of the Lane on the right hand side runs down the Lane diagonally and the run off ends just before the proposed emergency access.  In winter this freezes.  In fact West Berks may actually be aware of this as a few years ago the stream actually lifted the hard surface off the lane and quite a large area of the hard core slipped and had to be replaced,  Accidents have happend when it has been icy, once when a small car actually slipped very gracefully into a tree, the rescue vehicle when called followed suit and a very large vehicle with snow chains finally reversed up the Lane with both vehicles in turn.  The Lane was closed for nearly 5 hours.

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 City Road and into Pincents Lane.  Neither to the groups thinking is acceptable.

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. 

Fourthly, questions asked of TOWN from West Berks have not been totally answered the answers given have been somewhat modified but various organisations like the Police, Thames Water, and departments at West Berks may still have concerns with various aspects of the proposed plan

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



Name:
Address:



Date:

Head of Development and Planning,
West Berkshire Council,
Council Offices,
Market Street,

Newbury RG14 5LD

E-mail:  planapps@westberks.gov.uk

Dear Sir,

Case No. 19/00113/OUTMAJ – Land East of
Pincents Lane, Tilehurst, Reading.

I/We OBJECT to the planning application at Pincents Lane, Tilehurst (ref: 19/00113) for the reasons set out in this letter.








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

New development of 285 homes for Pincents Hill

Please see news and updates page for further information

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