Plans to build 401 houses in north Newbury have been refused, albeit with a warning that the land “is developable”.
West Berkshire Council’s western area planning committee last night unanimously voted to reject developer Commercial Estate Group’s (CEG) proposal for homes adjacent to Hilltop in Oxford Road, Donnington.
The committee decided to turn down the proposals because the site is not listed in the council’s local plan, as well as citing concerns over the strain on local roads and the connection between the two sides of the development.
But committee chairman Paul Bryant has said that while he is pleased the plans have been refused, if the local plan is looked at again there is potential for this site to be included.
He said: “A year or two ago, this site was put forward as one of the strategic sites when it was evaluated against Sandleford, but Sandleford was the one we thought was better.
“But it does have potential, it is developable, however it is not in our local plan.
“There’s going to be changes made to the local plan, absolutely, because we have to find places for extra houses, but that’s looking many months in the future.”
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