The third of four flood basins to protect Thatcham from surface water flooding looks set to be given the go ahead.
West Berkshire Council’s eastern area planning committee has been recommended to accept the proposals at their meeting tonight.
This basin would be built on farmland to the north of Floral Way, opposite Foxglove Way.
It would involve building a U-shape bund around 2.8m high to hold back water running off the hills, with the majority of it planted with wildflower grass.
The flood basins are being created in the wake of the serious floods that hit Thatcham in July 2007, which affected around 1,100 houses.
In the pre-meeting report, it said: “The development would contribute a significant public benefit through the reduction in the risk of flooding to the north east of Thatcham.
“The detention basin created would provide flood protection to residential properties and business, improving the safety of the public.
“Therefore, while some harm to the character and appearance of the area and neighbouring amenity has been identified, this is considered to be significantly outweighed by the public benefits it would provide.”
The plans have previously been supported by Thatcham Town Council.
One basin has already been completed at Cold Ash Hill, while updated plans for the second basin at Tull Way were approved by the council in March.
A fourth basin is planned for the Francis Baily area in south east Thatcham.