Planning applications recorded this month by West Berkshire Council
, Copse View, Folly Rd – enlargement of front
gable & construction of 3 front and 2 rear dormer windows –
Refused by WBC Planning Section.
planning applications are pending further
investigation by WBC and amended planning details for the cumulative
effect on landscape and the surrounding area. This follows
significant local representation and the Parish Council request to
look at the total number of applications and not individually in
isolation. The majority of the previous applications for New Mill
fall within the
Kintbury boundary for decisions by Kintbury Parish Council, with
Inkpen as an adjacent parish.
New planning application for consideration
As an adjacent Parish - 20/01338 Hell Corner Farm
- change of use from agricultural to domestic. Proposed two storey
extension to house, demolition of outbuilding. New double garage/car
port and driveway. All planning applications can be viewed on the
West Berkshire Council website www.westberks.gov.uk
Misinformation circulating in the village:
In order to correct some misinformation, it is important that
residents are aware that the views expressed on planning
applications by Inkpen Parish Council are those representing the
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty within which we live. Further,
the desire to protect the countryside by restricting development
plans that represent a disproportionate enlargement, take account of
wildlife heritage sites, wildlife, historic conservation areas and
must concur with government planning legislation (NPPF) and the
local authority local planning strategies. Local residents’ views
are also taken into consideration. The final decision on all
planning applications are the responsibility of West Berkshire
Council planning section and Inkpen Parish Council is only an
with no statutory powers.
Bird Nesting Season:
Thank you to all those who have resisted cutting down trees and
hedges during the period of April to the end of August. Protection
of the wildlife is very important. Sadly, the Forestry Commission
grant ‘felling licences’ and place the onus on the landowner to
ensure that consideration is given to habitats and species. This
often allows felling to take place and is very upsetting to
residents as so much of the wildlife and habitat is affected. Breech
of the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 is a police matter as it
is a criminal offence and should be reported.
During the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown period, a
big ‘thank you’ to the army of volunteers who have supported
residents and of course to the NHS, Emergency Services and All Key
Workers.15 Inkpen Parish website (www.inkpenvillage.co.uk) contains
all the latest information on the deadly Coronavirus, which is
something that we are ALL going to have to live with until we have a
vaccine. This pandemic affects all of us to stay safe and stay
alert. It is extremely important that we all continue to observe
good hygiene, social distancing and self-isolate and request a test
if suffering any coronavirus symptoms. Although residents may start
to feel more confident and spend more time outdoors, we encourage
all residents to be considerate to others, keeping a 2 metre
distance from others where possible – no large outdoor gatherings
Level 3 Heatwave:
Temperatures rose at the end of June rose to a sweltering Level 3
heatwave and the effects can be harmful to health, particularly
those with long term health conditions, the elderly and the young.
Please therefore refrain from lighting bonfires and look out for
neighbours when the heat is on. Bonfires: WBC are asking residents
to think of others during this period of lockdown – please consider
alternative disposal methods. Smoke and smell are a statutory
nuisance under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Animals:
Please be aware of the hot weather and the exposure of animals in
non-shaded fields. There have been reported cases of horses exposed
in the hot sun in fields without shade or water.
Inkpen Parish Council virtual meetings
These are advertised on the village notice boards and on this
website, in advance of the meeting. The next meeting has not been
arranged due to Government advice not to hold public meetings and as
always are subject to councillor’s availability.
All Councillors can be contacted via the Clerk, Gloria Keene, at
Alternatively, Cllr. Mark Bates can be emailed directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and Cllr. Simon
If you can't attend the Inkpen training event, visit the St.
John's Ambulance website.
It is down to us to see how we can make a difference
individually and as a community.