Newbury Town Council’s Response to the Recent Sandleford Planning Applications

The following is Newbury Town Council’s response to the two most recent planning proposals for the proposed Sandleford development. These were discussed and agreed at the meeting of the Council’s Planning and Highways Committee on 14 May 2018. These were supplied to Penny Post on 18 May and have been reproduced here verbatim.

For more information on the planning applications, please click here to visit the planning section of West Berkshire Council’s website and enter the reference number given in  the heading below in the search box at the foot of the page.

i)  18/00764/OUTMAJ – Bloor Homes & Sandleford Farm Partnership

Objection on grounds of insufficient information. To assess this application and 18/00828/OUTMAJ, the Committee will require to see:

1) a fully developed combined traffic model for both applications, including the local traffic in Andover Road, Monks Lane and the A339, and the traffic generated by the new schools;

2) a construction traffic plan for each site, showing how disturbance to local residents will be minimised;

3) a safety audit with regard to the high level of pedestrian and cyclist traffic to and from the local schools, shops, garage, and community centre, and mitigation measures proposed;

4) a dated plan to reconstruct the roundabouts at either end of Monks Lane, showing how this will facilitate the flow of traffic and the safety of pedestrians and cyclists. These assessments should all be made with regard to traffic before and after the link road between the two sites is built.

Other observations by the Committee are:

5) The plan should show the planned parking capacity for visitors to the Country Park and sports pitches, which should be sufficient for the expected visitors.

6) The plan should include the expected additional patient care and parking capacity for the Falkland Surgery, and how it will be funded.

7) We urge review of the planned direct exit from the gated development in Monks Lane onto the proposed roundabout, as it is not clear that this will be safe.

8) Social facilities, including the sports pitches and children’s play areas, should be located centrally at places convenient for residents.

9) Cyclist and pedestrian routes should be integrated with cyclist and pedestrian routes leading to the town centre.

10) Maintenance of the Country Park should be the responsibility of WBC or a Parish Council, not a management company appointed by the developer. A sum should be assigned by the developed to pay for it.

11) In addition to the new roads, the new sewers, surface water drainage, and public open spaces should be publicly adopted.

12) The subsidy which the developers will contribute towards a bus service for the sites should be defined.

ii)  18/00828/OUTMAJ – Donnington New Homes:

Objection on grounds of insufficient information. To assess this application and 18/00764/OUTMAJ, the Committee will require to see:

1) a fully developed combined traffic model for both applications, including the local traffic in Andover Road, Monks Lane and the A338, and the traffic generated by the new schools;

2) a construction traffic plan for each site, showing how disturbance to local residents will be minimised;

3) a safety audit with regard to the high level of pedestrian and cyclist traffic to and from the local schools, shops, garage, and community centre, and mitigation measures proposed;

4) a dated plan to reconstruct the roundabouts at either end of Monks Lane, showing how this will facilitate the flow of traffic and the safety of pedestrians and cyclists. These assessments should all be made with regard to traffic before and after the link road between the two sites is built.

With regard to point 1), the Committee is unable to see how a 4.8 metre wide Warren Road exit will be able to cope with the combined site traffic, even when signalised, when either or both of the 500 homes on the DNH site and the link road with the Bloor Homes site are built.

Other observations by the Committee are:

5) Garden Close Lane and Kendrick Road are privately owned. We do not see how it is legally permissible for public pedestrian and cycle tracks from the site to access them. Moreover, Garden Close Lane is too narrow and winding to be safe for the large number of probable users of such a track.

6) Cyclist and pedestrian routes should be integrated with cyclist and pedestrian routes leading to the town centre.

7) Maintenance of the Country Park should be the responsibility of WBC or a Parish Council, not a management company appointed by the developer. A sum should be assigned by the developed to pay for it.

8) In addition to the new roads, the new sewers, surface water drainage, and public open spaces should be publicly adopted.

9) The subsidy which the developers will contribute towards a bus service for the sites should be defined.

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