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7 December 2017: Planning success for 100 much-needed new Hungerford homes
Planning Permission was issued on 30th November for 100 urgently needed new homes to be developed off Salisbury Road, close to the vibrant centre of Hungerford. The new housing development is a collaboration between CALA Homes and Wates Developments and will be located on the southern edge of Hungerford, within easy walking distance to the town centre and local facilities, as well as the neighbouring John O’Gaunt School and Leisure Centre.
After a lengthy planning period, including an unsuccessful judicial review by Hungerford Town Council into the allocation of the site in the Local Plan, the 100 new homes, including provision for 40 affordable properties, are ready to come forward. A legal agreement secured with West Berkshire Council will ensure the delivery of 28 rented homes and 12 homes that will be offered as shared ownership to the community.
The character of the development will be enhanced by the surrounding landscape, including woodland and 4.8 acres of parkland and recreational spaces and will comprise of a mix of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes.
In addition, residents of Hungerford will benefit from a share of Community Infrastructure Levy contributions that may be in the region of £175,000 (out of a total of approximately £1,17m paid to West Berkshire) specifically for local causes.
A spokesperson for CALA Homes and Wates Developments said: ‘The process to bring forward this much needed new housing provision for Hungerford, together will all the additional benefits, has been unnecessarily long. ‘We have always maintained that we have a well-positioned and sustainable site on which to deliver a range of high-calibre new homes for the many people who want to live and be part of the thriving Hungerford and West Berkshire community.
‘We are pleased that we have secured outline planning permission and are now able to move forward with a reserved matters application without delay. Going forward, we hope to work together with Hungerford Town Council, to make a real contribution to meeting the local need for new homes – particularly affordable homes – and give hard-working families a great place to live.’