Plans to build a further 157 homes in south Newbury have been approved, despite concerns about overdevelopment and increased traffic being raised beforehand.
West Berkshire Council’s western area planning committee gave the green light to developer Rivar’s proposals for the land in between Greenham Road and Pinchington Lane on Wednesday.
The land had already been allocated for housing by the council, and comes after 71 houses were approved last month on the opposite side of Greenham Road.
Fears about more traffic in that part of Newbury had led to a number of objections being filed by residents, Newbury Town Council and Greenham Parish Council.
Another issue that arose was that of pedestrian safety, with the committee asking for another traffic island to be built on Greenham Road to allow for safer crossing of the road.
Committee member Anthony Pick said: “My remark was could the highways officers please keep an eye on it to satisfy themselves that it continues to be safe.
“There’s a school there, and the more people who are crossing, the more measures are needed to make certain that pedestrians are not at risk because more and more traffic is taking that road.
“But we accepted the principle of it. It’s in the development plan and we’ve got to find the houses to keep up the five year land supply, because if we don’t we get into trouble with appeals.”
The 157 homes will be split into two parcels on the site – one accessed from Pinchington Lane, and the other from Greenham Road and Haysoms Drive.
A slither of green open space would be maintained between the two, and would act as the gap between Newbury and Greenham.
The question of who would look after this green space was also brought up at last Wednesday’s meeting, with it being determined that the developer would have responsibility.
Cllr Pick added: “We were interested in who was going to maintain it, and we were assured that it would be maintained by the developer, or delegated to a management company.
“We need that open space otherwise it would simply be wall-to-wall housing across the entire area, but someone has to think about who is maintaining that in 10, 20 or 50 years time.”