Current and historic planning applications can be found on the West Berkshire Council website. The Parish Council is provided with a copy of all planning applications within the Parish and is given 3 weeks to respond with their observations.
Recent planning applications under consideration within the village
Laguna House, Brightwalton Holt - application number 18/01414/HOUSE. Proposed extension and alteration works including new detached garage and car port. The Parish Council agreed a response of No Objections at the meeting held 16th July.
Old Trees, Brightwalton - application number 18/01118/HOUSE. Proposed removal of existing roof and new first floor and roof erected, proposed rear single storey extension, removal of existing flat roof with a replacement pitched roof. Internal alteration to include annex area. The Parish Council have until the 12th June to comment on the application. The Parish Council requested additional information on the difference of heights between the proposed and the neighbouring property and also information on the gross footprint compared with the previous application in 2012. On receipt of this information the Parish Council submitted a response of No Objections on the 14th June. West Berkshire Council have Granted Permission.
Grey Tiles, Southend, Brightwalton - application number 18/00749/HOUSE. Proposed loft conversion including installation of crown roof dormers to the side elevations. The Parish Council reviewed plans with the owners at the meeting held on the 12th March and responded with No Objections. West Berkshire Council have Granted Permission.
Land opposite Sheardon East of Pudding Lane - application number 18/00076/COMIND. Application for erection of stable block and hay store, and change of use of surrounding land for private equestrian use; with associated access and hardstanding" The Parish Council responded with no objections but subject to the stables remaining tied to the property - Sheardon - and for private equestrian use only, not commercial or residential development. West Berkshire Council have Refused Permission.
Early discussion of development plans is advisable
Brightwalton Parish Council is always pleased to have the plans presented by the owner or architect to them early within the planning stage. If you have plans that you wish to discuss please contact the Parish Council Clerk. Both the Parish Council and West Berkshire Council strongly advices applicants to discuss their plans with their neighbours prior to submitting the plans, this is an easy way to avoid hostility at a later stage.
Our Role in the process
The role of the Brightwalton Parish Council in the Planning Process Planning is such an emotive subject that we wanted to articulate the role of the Brightwalton Parish Council in this process and the way in which we look at any planning application.
In any planning application the West Berkshire Planning Team first consult the Global Policy documents and the Local Policy to see if there is any legislation that would be impacted by the application.
There are then 12 democratically elected members (of which we are but one) that have a vote on any given Planning Application.
A planning decision is never "black or white". There is always an element of subjectivity. For example a lot of the planning guidelines talk about "amenity value" which is impossible to define. What one individual views as being "a positive amenity value" is maybe a "negative impact on amenity value" for someone else.
Outline the Pros and Cons of an application and its impact on the wider Brightwalton Village as opposed to just the impact on the immediate neighbours. For example: Someone asking to build a garage might have a negative impact on the amenity value for the next door neighbour, that would need to be weighted up against a reduction in street parking near a busy junction.
Call out whether the application in some ways helps/encourages particular communities in the village. For example:
If the application is to create a home office, could support a village desire to see more people employed from home.
Smaller first time homes would support a communities desire to encourage more first time home ownership.
Our Approach The way we go about this is to be:
Objective not subjective
Weigh up the Pros and Cons of any application and come to a balanced conclusion.
Make recommendations that might help a decision making panel that are not familiar with Brightwalton and the immediate area.
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