Planning Permission Given For 40 Homes on Wyevale With Conditions
Beechcroft Developments now have approval for ‘reserved matters’ for 40 homes and 250sqm of commercial space on the old Wyevale Garden Centre on the Reading Road however with conditions for water drainage on the site.
This is due to the surface water drainage issues that have caused the delay to the neighbouring development of the Thames Farm site after sink holes were discovered in October 2020. Two planning applications submitted by Taylor Wimpey have been refused to take the surface water away through a pipe system into the Lashbrook stream in Shiplake and the River Harp next to Jubilee Park. In January 2022, SODC also refused planning for ground stabilisation works which would affect the nearby drinking water aquifers.
The drainage conditions state on the Wyevale application, “Prior to the commencement of the development, details of measures to prevent the potential for damage to subsurface potable water infrastructure, shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. Prior to the commencement of the development, a Source Protection Strategy detailing how the developer intends to ensure the water abstraction source is not detrimentally affected by the proposed development both during and after its construction, shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. Piling using penetrative methods shall not be carried out other than with the written consent of the Local Planning Authority. In the event that piling is required a piling method statement shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority prior to the commencement of the development.”
There are also conditions on materials used above slab level, lighting, planting, glazing, privacy of balconies and garage conversions.
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