Four Houses Corner Traveller site near Ufton Nervet
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West Berkshire Council wishes to reopen as soon as possible Four Houses Corner, a designated Traveller site near Ufton Nervet. The site itself has been a recognised Traveller site since 1982 when the first long lease was granted on the site for the purposes of providing static Traveller accommodation.
To provide new fit-for-purpose accommodation, the original site facilities were vacated and fully demolished between 2020 and 2022 and the residents housed in temporary accommodation.
Current design proposals set out in planning application No: 23/01552/REG3, including the radial design, remain the same as those presented in December 2018 to ward members and parish councils. The only significant change is that a small community block is being replaced by another individual pitch and amenity block. Designs and materials generally reflect best practice, are indicative of up-to-date static traveller sites across the country and where emergency services have had past input into current proposals.
The site in its original form had planning permission from 1981 for 21 Traveller pitches, including dayroom accommodation. Of that 21 only 18 pitches were provided. The current proposed scheme the council wishes to deliver provides 17 pitches and associated individual dayroom accommodation. The 17 pitches are designed to take either one static caravan or two tourer caravans. The dayroom accommodation consists of 30sqms of internal space and with residents' sleeping in caravan accommodation. There will be 17 legal agreements between the council and private individuals allowing them and their dependents to occupy individual pitches.
Refurbishing Four Houses Corner is a substantial part of the council's compliance with statutory duties in respect of Gypsy and Traveller site accommodation generally in the WBC district and specifically in respect of Four Houses Corner residents in temporary accommodation who maintain their existing legal agreements and right to live on site. Refurbishment of the site may also provide the council with further options to use this site in order to meet its wider housing duties, dependant on future occupation numbers.
Why we want your views
Council policy is that its own development schemes should undergo six weeks public consultation in addition to statutory consultation as required through the planning process. Proposals for Four Houses Corner are likely to be of public interest and the council wishes to bring to public notice its proposals for the site by means of a more extensive process than the statutory process and by that obtain as wide a public view of the proposals as possible. This consultation is aimed to fulfil both these.
How to take part
If you'd like to comment generally or on matters that are not material to the statutory planning process, please either email email@example.com or write to Four Houses Corner Consultation, FAO Mr Bill Bagnell, West Berkshire Council, Market Street, Newbury, Berks RG14 5LD. All representations must be received by us by 5pm on Friday, 15 December 2023.
We held an open public presentation, including a question and answer session on:
|Date and time
|Monday, 11 December 2023 from 6pm to 8pm
|St. John's Village Hall, West End Rd, Mortimer Common, RG7 3TF
Please note: If you would like to formally express your support, record a neutral position or lodge an objection to the current planning application, please do this via our Planning Portal by 12 Noon on Monday, 8 January 2024.
What happens next
All the comments we receive will be summarised and reported to elected members at the Eastern Area Planning Committee meeting aimed for Wednesday, 6 March 2024. Your feedback will be used to inform members' decision as to whether the current design proposals are fit for purpose to reopen Four Houses Corner and, if proposals achieve a planning consent, will shape management proposals on how to operate the site.