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Land to East of Lodge Road (Tape Lane), Hurst

Proposed Planning Development

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HVS Statement - 19 October 2021 

Over the last two weeks local residents have had the opportunity to visit two public exhibitions held by Mactaggart & Mickel to display what in their words were “the revised proposals” following feedback from “the online consultation on their initial proposals held over the summer”. Whether or not you chose to attend, what members of the HVS Committee thought was a very lack lustre exhibition, and in many instances lacking in important accurate factual information, matters not, as what has become clear is the developer’s intended timetable for the next few months;

  • October/November 2021 : Review of feedback from public exhibition; Preparation of outline planning application

  • 2021/2022 :  Application Submission. The application will be in outline form with all matters reserved except for access.

The HVS Committee is determined to maximise the time available to prepare a robust objection to any subsequent application and has therefore formally resolved;

“ That based on Mactaggart and Mickel’s current proposals, Hurst Village Society should register the strongest possible objection to Wokingham Borough Council (The Planning Authority) as and when any planning application is received and in the meantime should use all it’s efforts in preparing that submission and that the Society do all that it can to encourage and  galvanise public support for this approach within the local community”

We are now working on such matters as what we perceive are likely to be the major flaws in the application; what the likely strategy for implementation, and arguments in favour of the application will be put forward by the developers (so that these can be countered); early engagement with the relevant Statutory Bodies eg Thames Water, Environment Agency, Natural England. This list is by no means exhaustive and we can’t stress how important we think the engagement of the whole community acting together in unison will be.

Once any outline application has been received HVS will examine in detail all the documentation included and by means of a leaflet drop bring to your attention those important material planning considerations that you may choose to use as part of your individual objection.

In the meantime WATCH THIS SPACE for further updates and if in the meantime you want to share your concerns on these proposals or discuss any other issues associated with this matter please contact us on                     

8 October 2021

Revised Proposals presented by Mactaggart & Mickel at the Public Exhibition are now available on their website, they can also be downloaded here.

Letter from Theresa May to WBC - 5 October 21

Following communication between HVS and the office of our MP, Theresa May.  Mrs May wrote to WBC.  

In this letter Theresa May wrote: 

'My constituents are concerned that the current development plans will have a disproportionate impact on the village and its residents.  The current proposals would see 300 more homes in a village of roughly two-thousand people, which could culminate in a population increase of 34%'

'The impacts of large developments on small communities need to be reviewed closely and any development should enhance the existing community'

Statement by Jo Newbold, HVS Chairman regarding the Public Exhibition of Revised Proposals - 4  Oct 2021

I really hope you are able to find the time to visit the above exhibition and if you are in two minds as to whether to go or not, I would strongly encourage you to do so as it is only if we are all familiar with the proposals that we can make sure we act as one in raising issues in any subsequent planning application process. Please let the society have any comments you may have on Mactaggart & Mickel’s revised proposals by emailing us on  Members of the Committee will of course be visiting the Exhibition and again if there are any questions you may have as to any aspect of the revised proposals or indeed the statutory planning process do not hesitate to contact us directly and we will do our best to answer them.

Public Exhibition of Revised Proposals

The developers, Mactaggart & Mickel have announced that a public exhibition will take place to display their revised proposals in the Hurst Village Hall between 3.30pm & 7.30pm on:

- Thursday 7 October, and

- Thursday 14 October

View their website for more details.  Click here to view the letter sent to Hurst residents.

Screening Opinion Update - 23 Sep 2021

WBC have determined under delegated powers that the proposal would not require an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

For more details of the rationale behind this decision and explanation of why the decision was made apparently prior to the end of the consultation period click here.

HVS Letter to WBC regarding Application for Adoption of Screening Opinion - will it be a Planning Officer or Elected Member Decision - 20 Sep 21

Update - 13th September 2021 re EIA Planning Proposal (212986)

“Screening Opinion application for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for a proposed development of up to 300 homes, open space, pedestrian and cycle links and other associated infrastructure and primary vehicular access via the existing Lodge Road gated access with required improvements.”

This application takes the form of a report prepared by planning consultants on behalf of Mactaggart and Mickel Homes, England, (see below for link to report) and asks Wokingham Borough Council (WBC), in their role as The Planning Authority, for a formal “screening opinion”, on the basis of the information included in the report, as to whether or not the proposed development constitutes an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Development. The EIA Regulations  and associated legislation, as well as the supporting Planning Guidance (PPG) are category specific, and EIA development is defined as development which is; “likely to have significant effects on the environment by virtue of factors such as it’s nature, size or location”. If WBC considers this to be the case in terms of this proposed development then as the Planning Authority they can require a detailed Environmental Assessment to be prepared as part of any subsequent planning application.

Hurst Village Society whilst  accepting the complex nature of this decision, to be taken by WBC in accord with the EIA Regulations, and PPG, referred to above, will nevertheless, like many other residents in the Village, await that decision with great interest as it will undoubtedly influence our future involvement in any ongoing consideration of these development proposals.

As usual any comments on this matter, from individual members of the Society, or any other local residents are always welcome.  Please email

EIA Screening Report (3 September)

WBC Planning Reference 212986

Consultation Period 3-26 September 21

HVS Letter to Mactaggart & Mickel - 14th August 2021

HVS Letter to Theresa May - 13th August 2021

HVS Update - 4th August 2021

HVS have been pulling together an Action Plan for when the Planning Application goes into WBC as well as for the Broadcommon Road application. We are also deciding what can be done in advance of the Planning Applications. We are always happy to hear from residents with their views and suggestions so please feel free to email me: I have also been onto the Mactaggart & Mickel website and you can now give feedback right at the bottom of the page without giving any other details or filling in any other part of the form. So I would encourage residents to do this and say they do not support the proposals presented and will object in the strongest terms to any future development of this nature. I believe they then cannot say that they have had no opposition to the proposed plan so far!! We are constantly updating our website so please do visit us at HVS believe that if we all pull together we can fight this planning application as well as the Broadcommon Road one, but only if we all pull together. Thanks. Jo Newbold, Chairman of Hurst Village Society.

HVS Update – 28th July 2021

Some members have expressed a reluctance to take part in the consultation process as they are concerned that to do so would imply support for the M&M proposals. A simple solution to this conundrum is to print WITHOUT PREJUDICE  on completed forms/any feedback given.

At the moment it is difficult to answer the M&M ‘simple’ questions on what appear very speculative proposals, in particular:

  • "up to 300 homes" (there is no indication of the location of houses/size of gardens etc in the plans)

  • a single vehicular access off Lodge Road ( the estimated vehicle movements are very optimistic);

  • grandiose ideas of public open space (without any mention of who is responsible for paying for the ongoing maintenance of this land, who would own this land and would there be any covenants limiting it's future use" );

  • an emphasis on the "benefits" of a pedestrian link between Lodge Road and Tape Lane etc. etc.

HVS would find it very useful to hear your views, so that we can take account of all your comments before responding on behalf of the Society. 

Do please feel free to email your comments, or a copy of your feedback form to   

If you are having difficulty downloading the M&M feedback document.  HVS has some paper copies so please email if you would like us to get one to you.

A letter was received by Hurst residents from MacTaggart & Mickel ('M&M'), dated 12 July 2021 titled 'Invitation to view initial proposals for new homes and public open space on land to the east of Lodge Road, Hurst'

M&M are undertaking a month long consultation regarding proposed new hones and public space.

From midday, Friday 16 July, a new website will go live : which will display initial proposals and an online feedback form.  Feedback deadline midday 16 August.

The two pages of the letter are available via the links below:

- Page 1 -  Letter

- Page 2 - Map of Area (see below)

Comment from John Osborne, Hurst Village Society 15 July 2021

For those members of the Society or indeed any other local resident who does not have access to a computer, I am obtaining some paper copies of the proposals which I can distribute if you contact me.

Comment from Jo Newbold, Chairman HVS - 13 July 2021

On behalf of the Hurst Village Society please accept my assurance that we will be fully engaged in the online consultation by Mactaggart & Mickel regarding their initial proposals for new homes and public open space on the above site. During this process we will be pleased to discuss any particular aspect of the proposals with any member of the Society, or any other interested individual or group within the community, see our website for all email addresses. Please note, their initial proposals will be available to view at: from midday on Friday 16th July and feedback should be submitted by midday on Monday 16th August. 

Post from the Chairman of Hurst Parish Council, Cllr Wayne Smith on the Hurst Residents Facebook Page on 10 July 2021  

Land between Lodge Road & Tape Lane Consultation

Hurst Residents for your Information, I have no other details at this stage. Will endeavour to meet the group next week to understand the proposals.

Details of Email received as your Councillor from Land promoter as follows.....

Mactaggart & Mickel will begin an online consultation next Friday about their initial proposals for new homes and public open space on the land east of Lodge Road.  

Early next week, they be posting a letter first-class to all addresses in St. Nicholas Hurst parish and all addresses in Twyford south of the railway line, informing them that the initial proposals will be available to view at from midday on Friday 16th July. The website will have an in-built feedback form that residents can submit with the click of a button, and they are requesting that their feedback be submitted within a month, by midday on Monday 16th August.  Their contact details will be on the letter so any residents without computer access can contact them to request paper copies, which they will arrange.  They are holding an online consultation for this first stage due to the ongoing concerns about COVID; however their intention is to revise the proposals once the online consultation closes in mid-August, and then go back to residents with the revised proposals in September, hopefully via an in-person event in the village if the COVID situation permits.  While they do not expect residents to support these proposals, they do hope you will nonetheless engage with the consultation and suggest how the proposals could be improved, and under no circumstances would your input be used to imply support for the proposals.