West Berkshire Council looks set to obtain a compulsory purchase order (CPO) so it can press ahead with its plans to build a new primary school in Theale.
The council wants to build a new 315-place school on the playing field to the north of Theale Village Hall.
It would serve as a replacement to the existing Theale Church of England Primary School in Church Street, which has exceeded capacity and doesn’t have room to expand.
However there have been disputes between West Berkshire and Theale Parish Council, which holds the lease to the land in question.
The parish council has raised objections, saying previously it wanted a 20mph speed limit and zebra crossing on the road outside the new school.
And with the two councils unable to reach a deal, West Berkshire will now make a decision on whether to obtain the land through a CPO at its full council meeting on Thursday evening.
In the pre-meeting report, it said: “To meet the expected demand for primary places on a permanent basis in West Berkshire, the council is working with Theale CoE Primary School to replace the existing school.
“Negotiations have been progressing over the last 18 months with the freeholder (Englefield Estate), but the parish council has not engaged, resulting in the council having to consider the use of CPO powers.
“Though the council seeks approval to exercise its powers of compulsory purchase, it will remain open to negotiation with Theale Parish Council throughout the CPO process in the continued hope of reaching an acceptable agreement.”
The cost of the CPO and delays to construction work are estimated to be between £85,000 and £100,000.
West Berkshire Council has already been granted planning permission for the new school.
It had been hoped the school would be ready for the start of term in September 2017, but these delays mean this now looks unlikely.