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28.09.18

Budd’s Plantation, Aldermaston, Reading – appeal dismissed, appellant’s full and partial costs applications refused

Clive Moys, instructed by Sarah Clarke, Solicitor to West Berkshire Council, successfully represented the local planning authority in a 5 day public inquiry heard in May before Inspector Joanne Burston BSc, MA, MRTPI. The amendments to the National Planning Policy Framework (July 2018) delayed the decision whilst the parties were consulted in writing about the relevance of the NPPF amendments to the issues: character and appearance; landscape; biodiversity; visual impact; and social and economic benefits.

The benefits of the construction industry training facility and use of the site – part of the Wasing (landed) Estate – were insufficient when weighed against the policy harm to warrant planning permission, or a temporary 2 year permission, which the appellant sought.

The appeal decision letter is available here and the costs decision letter is available here.