Back in April the outline planning for a housing development at Salisbury Road was passed by West Berks Council. Strong public feeling against this was expressed at Town Council meetings. Alternative options had been suggested by the Town Council that had less impact on the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Town Council felt compelled to act.
A call in to the Secretary of State about the application resulted in a delay to the period to challenge the application. Meanwhile WBC obtained official approval of their Development Plan Document, containing many of the issues that apply to the Salisbury Road site and HTC responded by challenging this as to not do so would have seriously compromised any case against Salisbury Road.
Having raised money through crowd funding and by contributing themselves, HTC got as far as the permission stage of a Judicial Review but then the case was dismissed by the judge as not strong enough.
The only possibility left was to challenge the planning application decision. However, after considerable thought the Town Council decided it couldn’t afford to go down the Judicial Review process again. Professional advice obtained also advised against this. The failure of the JR against the DPD would harm a challenge against the planning application and our chances of success were much lower than before. We would be up against an adopted DPD and the support of the town was waning.
On Tuesday 6th February we will meet with the developer Cala to hear about their plans. Entering dialogue may be our only chance to influence the design and layout etc. of the housing at Salisbury Road.
We have received an order from the Judge refusing HTC permission for Planning Statutory Review. This means that having reached permission stage of the JR we are unlikely to proceed any further. The Judge’s decision is to NOT allow the case to proceed to a full substantive hearing. If appropriate we can apply to renew the application to an oral hearing where our barrister can argue before a judge the reasons to grant permission. There would be further costs involved with this. This will be discussed at the Full Council meeting on Monday.
part of its preferred Options and Housing Site’s Development Plan Document,
West Berkshire Council is recommending that 100 dwellings are constructed south
of the town off Salisbury Road. H
However, Hungerford Town Council believes there is a better option with less impact. The preferred Town Council option 'pepper-pots', or spreads the dwellings around the town with some at the rail station area, Smitham Bridge Road and Eddington.
Comments were due by 24th December 2015, and we hope that many of you have submitted your views to be considered.
Please find attached the response submitted by Hungerford Town CouncilHungerford Town Council's response
Please also find attached the report submitted by Ashburn Planning whose expertise in town planning is assisting Hungerford Town Council through this process.Report by Ashburn Planning