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«E RESPE UTUR CT eF th r fo ST - PLANNING Revised Battle Hospital A eP th Planning Brief G IN eF ECT UTUR E RESP Supplementary Planning Document July ...»

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8.3 The Council will seek contributions towards education infrastructure improvements, integrated transport, leisure improvements, environmental enhancement, and possibly community uses. The impact on infrastructure is required to be mitigated by policies KEY3, TRN1 and LEI3 of the Local Plan.

Exact requirements will emerge when the form, scale and impact of the proposal is known, but the developer should refer to the Council’s Supplementary Planning Guidance: Planning Obligations under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (July 2004). This will form the basis of contributions, which will be sought.

8.4 The Council operates a considerate contractor scheme to which future developers, main contractor and any subcontractor are urged to subscribe.

Details of the scheme can be obtained from the Council’s Building Control Section.

8.5 The success of environmental enhancement is dependent on its on-going management and maintenance. It is expected that the developer will set up management regimes responsible for the future maintenance of public areas and landscaping; financial contributions for a 20-year period will be required towards maintenance of public areas by the Council. The maintainability of the public areas will be critical in determining the acceptability of those areas. This also applies to any Percent for Art proposals, which should be simple and economic to maintain. In general and where appropriate, proposals will be expected to use surface materials that will prevent or discourage graffiti.

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Contributions - Education 8.6 At the primary level, the three local schools (Wilson Road Primary, Battle Primary and Oxford Road Primary) are, however, experiencing pressure and have limited redevelopment capacity. The nearest secondary school (Prospect School) is not under enrolment pressure, although the Education Authority needs to redevelop this site in response to forthcoming legislation.

On the basis of the above, there is considered to be a need at both the primary and secondary levels and the Borough Council will seek contributions towards education facilities in line with the levels set out in the recently approved Planning Obligations SPG, which will be used to improve infrastructure at existing schools in the local (West Reading) area.

Strategic Environmental Assessment 8.7 A Sustainability Appraisal (which is derived from the Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive) is required as the Brief is to form an integral part of the emerging Local Development Framework (LDF), to replace the current Local Plan and is set out in a separate document.

8.8 The Sustainability Appraisal Report will indicate those effects for which continuous or periodic monitoring will be required during and following completion of the development.

8.9 On 2 March 2005, the Secretary of State gave notice via a Screening Direction that Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) would not be required for development of 10.83 hectares of land at the Battle Hospital site for a mix of uses, predominantly retailing and residential. Given this Direction, it is therefore unlikely that EIA would be required for redevelopment of the whole of the brief area.

8.5 The West Berkshire Trust has been drawing up proposals for the rationalisation of its facilities in Reading. These proposals have been the subject of discussion with the Council and are supported.











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Reason for the Policy 8.7 To provide the relevant Trust with certainty of the Council's position with regard to their rationalisation proposals.

8.8 The Battle Hospital site has potential for a number of land uses in combination. The Council has identified the site as having potential for at least 300 housing units with a substantial number of such units being affordable. At least 250 housing units should be provided on the area south and west of the laundry/boiler house/ambulance depot as indicated in the Council's Planning Brief. In addition there should be a children's play area associated with the housing and a minimum 2 acres of usable public open space.

8.9 The Battle Hospital site adjoins the Oxford Road West district centre and comprehensive redevelopment of the site should be accompanied by environmental improvements within the District Centre, the provision of an element of public car parking provision to serve the District Centre, and either the provision of new or enhancement of existing community facilities. The Council considers that a food store and/or retail warehousing and some small shop units within the site could be capable of complementing the shopping function of the district centre (see policies RET 1 and RET 2).

8.10 If after meeting the total housing requirements of the policy, additional land in the vicinity of the laundry/boiler house and ambulance depot becomes available for development, small scale commercial uses including B1, B2 and B8 may be acceptable subject to no adverse effect on the amenity of nearby residents.

How it will be carried out

8.11 The Council will work with the relevant Trust to produce an overall master plan for their proposals. In the case of the Royal Berkshire Hospital, this would include: buildings to be removed; new buildings proposed;

arrangements for car parking, vehicular access and landscaping including the protection of existing landscape features; access by public transport; provision for protecting the listed buildings on the site and maintaining and enhancing their setting. Subject to their agreement to this master plan, the Council will support it through its development control powers. The Council will also consider whether the establishment of more formal joint working arrangements would help in the carrying out of these proposals.

8.12 The Council has prepared additional guidance for the redevelopment of the Battle Hospital site in the form of a planning brief and proposals for redevelopment will be considered against the brief.

8.13 In the event of the redevelopment of Prospect Park Hospital (site 67) for housing, the Council will expect a significant proportion of that housing to be affordable, as described in Policy HSG 2.

Health Care Facilities 8.14 The trend for general practitioners is to operate as group practices, rather than as individual doctors. While this can produce a more efficient service for patients, it can also have a larger impact on the environment, because of the amount of activity it creates.

8.15 Similar trends can be seen in dentists and some other health services. While it is generally convenient for such practices to be located within or near residential areas and they can often make good use of larger houses no longer suitable for single family use, it is also in these areas that their impact can be most disruptive.

If you need help to fill in this planning application form, please call 0118 939 0587 or 0118 955 3717, or visit the Information Centre on Level 4 of the Civic Offices.

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