2016 proved to be a year of battles, battles against developers that is, all of which were in one way or another successful. Although the Baughurst Society does have a social aspect it is worth remembering that the Society has over the years fought off a number of developments that were out of keeping with the local environment. Most noteworthy of these, from the dim and distant past, was the National Grid’s proposal for a string of pylons between Bramley and Thatcham that would have gone straight through the middle of Baughurst (the Wellington arms may well have had a pylon in its back garden!).
First up in 2016 was a proposal for 145 new houses at the top of Bishopswood Lane. The developer withdrew their application after significant objections. We need to be aware that they could come back with a revised plan.
There is also an application for a 120 bed care hope at the top of the golf course on Bishopswood Lane. This application is still active but nothing has happened over the last few months.
An application for 4 travellers sites off of Violet Lane was submitted and rejected after a concerted effort by local residents to voice their concerns and objections.
An application for a one bedroom bungalow on agricultural land to the south of Oak Cottage was rejected for a number of reasons, apart from local objections, that indicate that B&DBC has at last a robust local plan in place to set the framework for development .