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There are 15 volunteer Councillors who are supported by the Town Clerk, Deputy Clerk and RFO. Full Council meets every month and there are five main committees and the timetable for these is listed in the calendar. Town issues are actively debated and actions taken to try and make life better for the people of Hungerford.
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The Town Council office is situated in the new Library building with automatic doors and is next to Church Street Car Park which has disabled parking.
Back in April the outline planning for a housing development at Salisbury Road was passed by West Berks Council. Strong public feeling against this was expressed at Town Council meetings. Alternative options had been suggested by the Town Council that had less impact on the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Town Council felt compelled to act.
A call in to the Secretary of State about the application resulted in a delay to the period to challenge the application. Meanwhile WBC obtained official approval of their Development Plan Document, containing many of the issues that apply to the Salisbury Road site and HTC responded by challenging this as to not do so would have seriously compromised any case against Salisbury Road.
Having raised money through crowd funding and by contributing themselves, HTC got as far as the permission stage of a Judicial Review but then the case was dismissed by the judge as not strong enough.
The only possibility left was to challenge the planning application decision. However, after considerable thought the Town Council decided it couldn’t afford to go down the Judicial Review process again. Professional advice obtained also advised against this. The failure of the JR against the DPD would harm a challenge against the planning application and our chances of success were much lower than before. We would be up against an adopted DPD and the support of the town was waning.
On Tuesday 6th February we will meet with the developer Cala to hear about their plans. Entering dialogue may be our only chance to influence the design and layout etc. of the housing at Salisbury Road.
A summary version of the Police and Crime Plan of the Thames Valley 2017-2021 has now been
published detailing the five strategic priorities for policing and crime for
the next five years. Please see attached document.Summary
We have received an order from the Judge refusing HTC permission for Planning Statutory Review. This means that having reached permission stage of the JR we are unlikely to proceed any further. The Judge’s decision is to NOT allow the case to proceed to a full substantive hearing. If appropriate we can apply to renew the application to an oral hearing where our barrister can argue before a judge the reasons to grant permission. There would be further costs involved with this. This will be discussed at the Full Council meeting on Monday.
For contacts for businesses in Hungerford, please follow the link to the Hungerford Chamber of Commerce website
part of its preferred Options and Housing Site’s Development Plan Document,
West Berkshire Council is recommending that 100 dwellings are constructed south
of the town off Salisbury Road. H
However, Hungerford Town Council believes there is a better option with less impact. The preferred Town Council option 'pepper-pots', or spreads the dwellings around the town with some at the rail station area, Smitham Bridge Road and Eddington.
Comments were due by 24th December 2015, and we hope that many of you have submitted your views to be considered.
Please find attached the response submitted by Hungerford Town CouncilHungerford Town Council's response
Please also find attached the report submitted by Ashburn Planning whose expertise in town planning is assisting Hungerford Town Council through this process.Report by Ashburn Planning
From Friday 25 July to Friday 12 September, West Berkshire Council is consulting on their Housing Site Allocations Preferred Options Development Plan Document.
The Preferred Options DPD includes West Berkshire Council's preferred housing sites for Hungerford. For more information on how you can get involved in the consultation process see this link. See the attached response from the Town Council.
Report on the need for housing in Hungerford.
Map identifies sites for potential housing in Hungerford.
This document has been prepared to provide a clear concept of the potential for improvements to Hungerford Railway Station area, which is the subject of a number of competing pressures for development.
This document is a non technical executive summary of the Hungerford Station Regeneration Development Brief which has been prepared by the Town Council.