In January 2008 Blue Living (now Beyond Green) acquired 37 acres of land constituting the former Pincents Manor Golf Course and entered into an option agreement over a further 11 contiguous acres of arable and pastoral land. Together these sites form the area that Blue Living intended to promote for development.
Residents concern and worry over the loss of Pincents Hill grows, large numbers of people submit their objections, and any support for the development is virtually non-existant.
The Save Calcot Action Group is formed to focus public opinion and provide an avenue to communicate with relevant groups and departments.
Design Workshop announced by Blue Living claiming "The purpose of the design workshop is to allow detailed development proposals for an area to be developed rapidly and through active collaboration. It is a way of consulting the community from decision-makers to residents: involving them in the preparation of plans and proposals at a point where nothing other than the physical constraints, socio-economic context and overriding principles of sustainable urbanism and development have been fixed."
Village Green application made
Outline Planning application made by Blue Living for the delivery of:
750 homes ranging from 1-5 bedrooms, comprising terraced, semi and detached houses, mews and apartments.
Two vehicle accesses will be provided from Pincents Lane at the south west corner and at the north of the site.
800 car parking spaces for residential, visitor and shopper / worker use; and a 50 space Car Club
Library and Childrens’ Library;
A nursery / crèche;
6 new local shops, 2 cafes / restaurants, 1 pub, 4 offices and a 40 bed hotel with gym/spa
Realignment of the Park Lane / City Road mini roundabout
Outline planning refused by West Berks
Blue Living appeal against council decision.
Village Green application rejected
Planning Apeeal rejected by Secretary of State;
the Inspector took the view that there would be “harm to the landscape character of the area” and that “the effect on the wider spatial character of the area would be harmful… because of the effect as seen from important viewpoints”
West Berkshire Council are preparing the next phase of development planning, which includes Pincents Hill
in what is known as a draft Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment or SHLAA for short. The Council then makes its preferred site options and incorporates these into their Development Plan Document ("DPD") which includes all the technical data to develop these sites and this eventually gets forwarded to the Secretary of State for approval.
An agent for the owners of Turnhams Farn/Pincents Hill has proposed a reduced outline planning solution of a smaller development (285 -325 houses)
To counter the renewed threat, the Save Pincents Hill Action group re-launch their website and join facebook with the aim to highlight the threat to residents
West Berkshire Council promote Pincents Hill as a "preferred option" for development in thier DPD consultation. The group steps up its efforts by raising awareness and joining forces with Alok Sharma MP in asking residents to reject the councils choice.
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