Our website aims to inform you about the activities of the Council and to invite your comments.
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.
If you have any concerns or issues please contact a Councillor, or contact the Town Council Office.
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.
Hungerford is launching an exciting project – Hungerford 2036 - to guide the way our town and its surrounding area will evolve.
The Hungerford 2036 Project Team aims to identify how Hungerford wishes to develop over the next 20 years and document this vision in a Neighbourhood Development Plan which will:-
Hungerford 2036 will demand a lot of work from us all and will keep the Project Team busy for at least the next two years. Everyone will be kept informed throughout this time and will be encouraged to contribute their ideas and opinions at various stages. Engagement and help from residents living or working in all parts of the town and its surroundings is vital to the success of the project. Contributions will be welcomed from the entire community, from all backgrounds and age groups.
Once the Plan is ready a local referendum will be held and more than half of those who vote must choose “yes” for the Plan to be finalised. If all goes well, the Plan would then become part of the planning framework for our area. This means it must be used by the local Planning Authority (West Berks) when making decisions.
The Plan will also provide a clear summary of the community’s aspirations and priorities to guide the Town Council and other organisations’ decisions.
More information can be found for now on the Town Council’s website although a dedicated Hungerford 2036 website will be set up shortly. If you would like follow and be kept informed about progress on the project please email claire.barnes@hungerford-TC.gov.uk .
The Project Team is very much looking forward to working on this project and your suggestions, comments and questions will always be welcome - as well as your offers of help!
Chair of Hungerford 2036 Project Team
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
For contacts for businesses in Hungerford, please follow the link to the Hungerford Chamber of Commerce website
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.