Parish Council - March News
16 Mar 2018

Snapshot of the Parish Council meeting on 13th March 2018

Items discussed included:

Planning Applications

Consideration was given to four applications at the meeting.  One was for a new build within the Chieveley settlement boundary, one for a new summer house, and a garage.  One was deferred pending the report from an Agricultural Consultant. Further information about Planning Applications can be found on the Planning advice section of the West Berkshire Council website.

From April 2018 West Berkshire Council will no longer provide paper copies of planning applications to Parish Councils as part of their cost saving initiatives. Hard copies will no longer be present at the Parish Council meetings.  Members of the public are strongly advised to look at the planning schedule issued with the Parish Council agendas and view them at West Berkshire Council Planning Portal and respond directly to West Berkshire Council on applications of interest.  Parish Councillors, having viewed the planning applications on line will confirm their observations on the listed applications at the Parish Council.  West Berkshire Council will no longer send planning application notification letters to neighbouring properties to a planning application site and will rely on the local people noting the statutory orange notice outside the premises and responding to the planning authority, West Berkshire Council.

Coordinated Traffic Plan

Chieveley Parish Council have approached Hermitage Parish Council to raise concerns about two Local Plan developments, the potential number of new build properties in Hermitage and the impact of increased traffic on local road infrastructure including B4009 and Priors Court Road.  Hermitage Parish Council have written to West Berkshire Council to ask that all planning decisions are deferred until an overall, integrated traffic plan led by West Berkshire Council can be achieved in respect of all sites.  Representatives from Chieveley Parish Council and Hermitage Parish Council are planning to meet to discuss traffic matters.

Public Rights Of Way Review

A number of local PROW routes have been walked and inspected by Councillors and issues noted are being collated and prepared to feedback to West Berkshire Council.   

West Berkshire Council Local Plan Review 2036

West Berkshire Council are reviewing the Local Plan to cover the period up to 2036 and have outlined their approach to the review in the West Berkshire Local Plan Review to 2036 Scoping Report. This consultation ends on 26 March 2018.

Spotlight - Annual Parish Assembly

This year our guest speaker will be giving a talk on ‘Priors Court Bakery - creating real opportunities for people severely affected by autism'. The Assembly will be held at the Curridge W I Hall, Curridge, Berkshire, RG18 9DZ on 10 April 2018 at 8pm. This is a public parish meeting and we look forward to welcoming you.

Frequently Asked Question of the month

Question - I have noticed a problem with a footpath that I use (overgrown hedges, fallen tree), what should I do?

Answer - You can Report a Problem on the West Berkshire Council's website.  It is easy to use and you can choose to receive feedback on the progress made on the reported matter by email.

Next Meeting

Next Parish Council meeting is on Tuesday 10 April 2018 at Curridge W I Hall, Curridge, Berkshire RG18 9DZ at 7pm followed by the Parish Assembly at 8pm.

The first 10 minutes of the meeting are available for members of the public to express a view or ask a question of the Parish Council.

Members of the public are welcome to stay and observe for the rest of the meeting