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MetiNews.Com - The former Pirbright Institute could be demolished
Breaking News ! A former centre of animal research in West Berkshire could be turned into a 250 home development. Homes England has submitted plans to West Berkshire Council which could see the former Pirbright Institute in High Street, Compton, demolished and replaced with the huge development. The developer wants to build up to 250 new homes on the site, as well as access, street lights, car and cycle parking, and new roads around the estate. The institute was used to research viruses in farm animals, which means remediation work is necessary to decontaminate the land. Find out how you can get the latest news from BerkshireLive delivered straight to your inbox. The developer proposes keeping some of the original site, including the Intervet building and a cricket pitch, reports The Thames Tap. Homes England's planning statement says: "The intention is for a range of different housing types to be provided within these development areas with the majority of the housing being family homes with gardens. “The proposal also includes townhouses and smaller terraced properties to deliver homes for different households.” The developer also stressed a willingness to provide affordable homes on the site.
. In Compton there are limited opportunities to meet affordable housing needs. "The former Pirbright Site is the only strategic Local Plan allocation within the village and the surrounding countryside." It also claimed the development would not have an impact on traffic, stating: "The proposed redevelopment will not result in a severe residual impact on the surrounding highway network and is considered acceptable in highways and transport terms. "The existing access from the High Street will form the main access to the development.
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"The rural character of Churn Road and Hockham Road will be retained. "The proposal includes the creation of new footpath, footpath links which will be created throughout the Site and will improve connectivity to the wider existing network linking the Site to the village centre." The site opened in 1992 but has been closed since 2015.
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