Pro Vision gets green light for 110 new homes and community facilities

20th August, 2018

After three years of public consultation and master planning, approval has been given for 110 homes and community facilities at Mortimer, south-west of Reading.

Pro Vision, planners and architects, promoted the site through the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan and designed the scheme on behalf of housebuilder T A Fisher. The developer is working together with Englefield Estate which owns most of the 20-acre site.

West Berkshire Council’s planning committee gave outline permission for the scheme on land south of The Street at its meeting on July 25. The greenfield site had previously been earmarked for development in the Neighbourhood Plan.

The homes will be a mix of bungalows, apartments and houses, ranging in size from one to five bedrooms. Some 40 per cent of the units (44 dwellings) will be affordable. The scheme includes seven acres of landscaped public open space, including a leisure trail. In addition, 2.5 acres of land has been set aside for a new three-form entry school and GP surgery.

Katherine Miles, Planning Director at Pro Vision, said: “We are delighted the planning committee has granted a resolution for outline permission for this scheme which will deliver new homes and associated infrastructure in the area. The development achieves a high-quality design with generous plots, open spaces and buildings which respond to local character of the area.”

Ms Miles said planning permission follows lengthy consultation with West Berkshire Council and engagement with Stratfield Mortimer Parish Council and residents.

The scheme is designed to reflect the Stratfield Mortimer Neighbourhood Plan, which was adopted after a local referendum in June 2017 in which 88 per cent of local residents voted in favour.

John Fisher, T A Fisher’s managing director, said: ““We are delighted to finally have the ‘green light’ on what is a truly fabulous site.

Our team successfully navigated a very rigorous planning process which has involved much consultation and engagement with the Neighbourhood Plan Group and other stakeholders.

As local housebuilders it is now our responsibility to deliver a development that fits with the landscape and local environs and which, moreover, achieves a high quality in terms of design and standard of workmanship.”

It is proposed to relocate the existing St John’s Church of England Infant School to a new building on the development site. Funding for the new school and GP surgery will come from the local education and health authorities and could include Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) receipts from the developer.