Reading Borough Council says it ‘will not oppose’ controversial plan for Pincents Hill homes

Reading Borough Council has said it will not oppose a controversial plan to build 256 new homes in Tilehurst.

U + I Pincents Lane Ltd has applied for permission to build the houses and a community health center on land just off Pincents Lane.

But it has faced a strong backlash, with more than 2,100 objections filed since 2019.

The project also has hundreds of supporters who say their price is out of Tilehurst and welcome the 106 new affordable homes in the development.

West Berkshire council is due to make a decision on the controversial planning request in the coming weeks. A neighboring Reading Borough Council said it would not oppose, as “there are not expected to be significant impacts” on roads or other infrastructure in Reading.

According to a council report, this “would not be detrimental to the flow of traffic within Reading” and there is “no direct impact in terms of views on Reading”.

The report also states that the West Berkshire Council will receive a Community Infrastructure Tax (CIL) payment from the developer, if the plans are approved, but the Reading Borough Council will not.

He says some people living on the new estate will be using the infrastructure in Reading and that councils should work together to “identify infrastructure pressures in the region and steer the new arrangements accordingly.”

The developer has pledged to provide £ 1million for infrastructure, create a 22-acre public park and plant enough trees to form a 20-meter-wide ‘woodland buffer’ between Tilehurst and the new housing estate.

The Save Pincents Hill group, which has fought previous plans for the site and campaigned against the development of 265 homes, said it was “not convinced” it could be stopped.

They fear losing valuable green space, and say development will put enormous pressure on schools, GP offices, roads and other infrastructure.

However, the group said that “the only thing that could save us” is a report from the head of the council’s highway development monitoring team.

In the report, he worries that queues and travel times on Pincents Lane will be “even longer” near IKEA and Sainsbury’s if 265 homes are built.

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Speaking earlier this month, U + I director Jonny Anstead said: “What we are proposing will add tremendously to the level of public and open green space in the region, opening 22 acres of the site in as a new public park that will be owned and managed locally and protected from any future development.

“This is an important and potentially unique opportunity to secure a key new green space that local residents will be able to legally and permanently use.

“Our plans are sustainable with at least 35% savings on operational carbon emissions compared to conventional development.

“In addition, our site is well positioned for sustainable travel to local jobs in Reading, Tilehurst and elsewhere in West Berkshire. “

In 2009, plans to build 750 homes, a hotel and shops at the Tilehurst site were rejected by council.

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