What is the SHLAA?
West Berkshire Council have a duty to prepare a report on what land is available to be developed, it becomes their strategy for planning where to build houses for the increasing population, and let’s face it new houses need to be built. The first stage of the report is listing any land that could be potentially used – it asks landowners to submit their piece of land for inclusion in the report. Once included it is taken through to the DPD.
What is the DPD?
The council produce from the SHLAA a “Development Delivery Program” (DPD); this will become the basis to set aside land for future development. It basically prioritises land that can be used to meet the housing demands.
What is the current situation on Pincents Hill? (September 2014)
At the moment the council are promoting Pincents Hill as "pontentially developable" in their DPD. If accepted then it is more likely than not houses will be built on Pincents Hill. Hundreds of local residents voiced their objections to Pincents Hill being included during the consultation beriod (August-September). The results of the consultation will be made available in December, if West Berks ignore public opinion and technical objections, they can still put Pincents Hill forward for inclusion of the DPD
Are we too late to change this?
We will have to wait to see if West Berks include Pincents Hill as a "Developable Site" - If they do, we get the chance to raise objections again. We will keep you up to date if we need to make more objections - likely to be early December.
Where can I find out more?
Visit our useful links page, there you can get access to the council plans and documents.
Can I help?
yes, we would love any help you can offer, great or small. Please make sure you email your contact details to;
A more detailed explanation of the West Berks DPD
Housing Site Allocations Development Plan Document (DPD) Preferred Options
At the beginning of the year West Berks County Council invited developers and land owners to suggest plots/areas of land that they thought would be viable for West Berks to consider suitable for housing development.
Approx 6 months later in June, West Berks published a package of sites possibly suitable for this purpose and this was called the draft Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment or “SHLAA” for short. They considered this list and for various reasons some sites were not considered suitable and they prepared a shorter list called the Preferred Sites for the SHLAA. This they then sent out to us, the general public, to make comment on whether we thought they were suitable or not. We are now well into the six week period for consultation with all reasons not to develop being taken into consideration. The deadline by which all letters and emails from us to be received by West Berks is 12th September.
There are various other stages to be considered but this is the stage we are at now, so if you don’t want a specific area to be included in the SCHLAAyou can follow the advice we have given for Turnham’s Farm/Pincents Hill on this website, but we would ask you please to include this site and the AONB as not being sustainable for development. There is no reason why you cannot include multiple sites. Please remember to quote your site reference number.
Once all the sites have been selected this list is then incorporated in a document called the DPD.
Nearer the end of the year West Berks will send the DPD to the Secretary of State for consideration and if he is happy with the content he will rubber stamp it, if not it will sent back to be worked on further and then resubmitted.
The reason for the time gap is that all necessary items to included in the sites, like roads, transport, accessibility, schools, landscaping etc. that are essential to make any development work properly have been included.
Hope this helps.
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