Villagers may be aware that the Red Lion Pub has been sold, and purchased by a property developer.
Less may be aware that a planning application has been submitted to West Berkshire Council (planning application reference 14/01696/FULD), and that the application proposes:
A change of use from business to residential
Demolition of the skittle alley/function room and outbuilding, and construction of an additional 9 dwellings on that site
Below is a sketch from the application’s Heritage Statement showing how the development might look. (The white building in the picture is the existing main pub building):
It seems that West Berkshire Council has not put in place an orange notice at the front of the property stating the pending planning application, and although some letters have been sent to nearby residences, a large number of households very close to the location have not received a letter from the Council. The letter states that comments must be submitted to them by “13th August 2014, or the date stated on the orange site notice, whichever is the later”.
With the short timeline, lack of communication from the Council and the fact that we are in holiday season, there is a chance that some people who would have an interest in what happens at the Red Lion may not get much time to react to the planning application.
If you have any comments regarding this planing application you can provide them in the following ways:
Add a comment online within the Council’s Planning portal. (You may need to create an online profile on the website to add a comment to the application.)
Send comments by post to:
West berkshire Council,
If you have friends and neighbours in Theale who are on holiday and away from the village, it could be beneficial to let them know about this planning application and its deadline for comments as soon as is practical.
The planning reference is “14/01696/FULD“, and comments must be submitted to the Council by 13th August 2014.
Four of these sites are in Theale and if all proposed sites were progressed, this would increase the number of houses being deveopled by a further 313. (This does NOT include the number of dwellings for which planning permission has already been granted but development not completed, such as the “Lakeside” site and it’s 350 new homes). Below is a plan taken from the Preferred Options Document showing the areas of Theale being considered:
Number of Homes
Former Sewage Works
Land at Junction 12
Land between A340 and The Green
West Berkshire Council is inviting comments on the proposals. If you want to comment, please respond in one of the following ways:
Fresh LOCAL organic fruit & veg for sale
Every Wednesday and Friday 10 am - 5 pm: Delicious ultra-fresh produce for sale at the 5-A-Day Community Garden (opposite Englefield Gdn Centre). Volunteers always needed. Call Pam 07939 676050