Friday, 20 January 2017

Appeals for the two Lakeside planning applications in #Theale scheduled for 9th February

The Informal Hearings to determine this Appeal will open at 10.00am on 9th February 2017 and will be held at Newbury Rugby Football Club, Monks Lane, Newbury, Berks RG14 7RW.


The Hearings are scheduled for 2 days.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Two Lakeside planning applications in The Green, Theale, to be discussed at the Eastern Area Planning Committee on Wed 18th January

Two Lakeside planning applications in The Green, Theale, to be discussed at the Eastern Area Planning Committee on Wed 18th January. The following applications have gone to appeal due to "non determination" but the Council needs to decide what its decision would have been:
Application No. & Parish: 15/02842/OUTMAJ - Lakeside, The Green, Theale
Proposal:
Outline application for Residential development of up to 325 houses and apartments (including 70 extra-care units) with associated access, parking, amenity space and landscaping. All matters reserved.
Location: Lakeside, The Green, Theale
Recommendation:
DELEGATE to the Head of Planning & Countryside to make representations at appeal that planning permission should be granted subject to conditions and planning obligations.
Application No. & Parish: 16/01846/OUTMAJ - North Lakeside, The Green, Theale
Proposal:
Residential development comprising the erection of 25 dwellings with associated access, parking and landscaping works. Matters to be considered Access.
Location: North Lakeside, The Green, Theale
Recommendation:
DELEGATE to the Head of Planning & Countryside to make representations at appeal that planning permission should be granted subject to conditions and planning obligations.
I will not be able to attend the meeting as I will be away on a long-planned trip abroad. However, I have objected to both applications.
The meeting will be held at The Calcot Centre, Highview, Calcot (off Royal Avenue) and will start at 6:30pm.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

My representation against the Theale Lakeside planning application appeal

Appeal reference APP/W0340/W/16/3159722
Representation by:
Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council

The site is a prominent one on the edge of the village of Theale. It is separated from the North Wessex Downs AONB by the A340. It forms the setting to Theale when approaching on the A4 from the Newbury direction, from the A340 and when entering Theale from these directions. A development of this edge-of-village location should provide a “soft edge” to the village, marking the change from AONB and countryside to the more suburban nature of this end of the village.

The proposed development is not suitable for this edge-of-village location adjacent to the AONB because:
  • ·       It is of high density
  • ·       It contains three, four and five storey accommodation blocks that will dominate views from approaches to the village and from the AONB. These multi-storey blocks are required to achieve the number of units in the proposal.
  • ·       The proposed four-storey sheltered housing block will dominate views when approaching from the Newbury direction and from the AONB.
  • ·       The proposed four-storey apartment blocks alongside the Theale bypass (A4) will dominate and block views into the site from this busy road
  • ·       Its layout is mainly of an unsuitable urban grid-pattern of roads.

It would not therefore form the required soft edge to the village and would adversely affect the setting of the AONB.

The lake forms an important part of the site and its setting is very important. The proposed multi-storey apartment blocks on the south side of the lake are inappropriate as they would dominate the landscape and form a high and hard backdrop to views across the lake from the north and east.
The proposed access the to the angler’s car park would provide a short cut for pedestrians from the proposed development to access The Green (to get to Theale Green School or the library, for example). This would be to the detriment of the amenity of residents of the housing alongside this unmade-up lane.

Residents of the proposed four-storey apartment blocks adjacent to the Theale bypass would be subject to disturbance by significant traffic noise. Residents of the upper floors of these blocks would look out over the rail depots and associated industry on the other side of the bypass, as their windows would be higher than the trees screening the depots.





Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Appeals made against failure to grant planning permission for two applications on the Lakeside site in Theale

Appeals have been made against the failure by West Berks Council to grant planning permission for developments on the sites known as Lakeside and North Lakeside. The Lakeside site is the area between The Green and the Theale bypass. There is a large lake on the site. The North Lakeside site is the area between the lake and The Green.


Details of the two appeals are:


Site Address:


Lakeside
The Green
Theale
Reading
Berkshire


Description of development:
Outline application for Residential development of up to 325 houses and apartments (including 70 extra-care units) with associated access, parking, amenity space and landscaping - matters to be considered access.
Application reference:
15/02842/OUTMAJ
Appellant’s name:
Central Corporation Securities Ltd; Alliance Security
Appeal reference:
APP/W0340/W/16/3159722
Appeal start date:
6th December 2016


Site Address:
North Lakeside
The Green
Theale
Reading
Berkshire


Description of development:
Residential development comprising the erection of 25 dwellings with associated access, parking and landscaping works.  Matters to be considered Access.
Application reference:
16/01846/OUTMAJ
Appellant’s name:
Central Coporation Estates Ltd
Appeal reference:
APP/W0340/W/16/3163215
Appeal start date:
6th December 2016

Appeals have been made to the Secretary of State against the non-determination of the applications by West Berkshire District Council within the prescribed period.

The appeals will be determined on the basis of Informal Hearings.  The procedure to be followed is set out in the Town and Country Planning Appeals (Determination by Inspectors) (Hearings Procedure) (England) Rules 2000, as amended.  Arrangements for the Hearing are yet to be made.  You may attend the Hearing and at the discretion of the Inspector to state your views

The Council has forwarded all the representations made on the application to the Planning Inspectorate and the appellant. These will be considered by the Inspector when determining the appeal.

If you wish to make comments, or modify/withdraw your previous representation, you can do so online at www.gov.uk/appeal-planning-inspectorate or by emailing East1@pins.gsi.gov.uk. If you wish to comment by post, you can send three copies to:

Lynne Young
Zone 3P
Temple Quay House
2 The Square
Bristol
BS1 6PN

All representations must be received by no later than five weeks from: 6th December 2016.  Any representations submitted after the deadline will not usually be considered and will be returned. The Planning Inspectorate does not acknowledge representations. All representations must quote the Appeal Reference.

Please note that any representations you submit to the Planning Inspectorate will be copied to the appellant and this local planning authority and will be considered by the Inspector when determining the appeal. 

The appeal documents can also be inspected at the Council's Market Street offices during normal working hours or via the Council’s website www.westberks.gov.uk/planning Click on 'View Planning Applications' and search for the related planning case using the 'Application Reference' quoted above. 


You can get a copy of one of the Planning Inspectorate’s “Taking part in a planning appeal” booklets free of charge. You can find links to these at the bottom of our 'Planning Appeals' webpage www.westberks.gov.uk/planningappeals.

Appeals made against refusal of planning applications to convert the Red lion, Theale, intwo dwellings

Description of development:
Change of use from Public House to residential use, demolition of the former skittle alley and outbuildings replaced with a new two storey side extension comprising of an additional 8 dwellings.
Application reference:
16/00853/FULD
Appellant’s name:
Red Line Land Ltd
Appeal Reference:
APP/W0340/W/16/3160633
Appeal start date:
14th December 2016


Description of development:
Change of use from Public House to residential use, demolition of the former skittle alley and outbuildings replaced with a new two storey side extension comprising of an additional 7 dwellings.
Application reference:
15/01312/FULD
Appellant’s name:
Red Line Land Ltd
Appeal Reference:
APP/W0340/W/16/3161019
Appeal start date:
14th December 2016

Appeals have been made to the Secretary of State against the decisions of West Berkshire District Council to refuse to grant planning permission.

The appeals will be determined on the basis of written representations.

West Berks Council have forwarded all the representations made on the application to the Planning Inspectorate and the appellant. These will be considered by the Inspectors when determining the appeals.

If you wish to make comments, or modify/withdraw your previous representation, you can do so online at www.gov.uk/appeal-planning-inspectorate or by emailing West1@pins.gsi.gov.uk. If you wish to send comments by post, you can send three copies to:

Adam Hill
3/P
Temple Quay House
2 The Square
Bristol
BS1 6PN

All representations must be received no later than 5 weeks from: 14th December 2016.  Any representations submitted after the deadline will not usually be considered and will be returned. The Planning Inspectorate does not acknowledge representations. All representations must quote the Appeal Reference.

Please note that any representations you submit to the Planning Inspectorate will be copied to the appellant and this local planning authority and will be considered by the Inspectors when determining the appeals. 

The appeal documents can also be inspected at the Council's Market Street offices during normal working hours or via the Council’s website www.westberks.gov.uk/planning Click on 'View Planning Applications' and search for the related planning case using the 'Application Reference' quoted above. 

You can get a copy of one of the Planning Inspectorate’s “Taking part in a planning appeal” booklets free of charge. You can find these at the bottom of the 'Planning Appeals' webpage www.westberks.gov.uk/planningappeals - see the links under 'Other Websites'.


When made, the decision will be published online at https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk and on West Berks Council’s web site.

Friday, 9 December 2016

Consultation on £1M budget cuts by West Berkshire Council Ends on Sunday 11th December

West Berkshire Council is consulting on proposed budget cuts in the following areas: 
  • ·         Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)
  • ·         Highway and Drainage Maintenance
  • ·         Highway Fees and Charges, including increased parking charges
  • ·         Home to School Transport for Children Over 16 With Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
  • ·         Restructure of the Youth Support, Family Resource, Help for Families and Young Carers Services
  • ·         Road Safety
  • ·         Urban Grass Cutting


More details of the proposed cuts and a link to the consultation can be found at: http://info.westberks.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=33313

Please let me know what you think about the cuts.

Consultation on Future of Public Libraries, including Theale, Finishes on Sunday 11th December

Consultation on Future of Public Libraries, including Theale, Finishes on Sunday 11th December

The consultation on changes to West Berkshire library service finishes on Sunday 11th December. The Council is consulting on: 
  • ·         the retention of Newbury library with a restructured team of employees
  • ·         the closure of Wash Common library
  • ·         the effective integration of the mobile library and 'At Home' services. The current two vehicle service will be amalgamated into one and the schedule of stops reviewed accordingly
  • ·         increased income generation
  • ·         a financial contribution from Town and Parish councils of at least £150,000 in total
  • ·         community volunteers sharing the front line work in branch libraries

 More details on the proposals and a link to the consultation can be found at: http://info.westberks.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=33493