IKEA meeting moved to bigger venue

Published: 28 Mar 2012 13:004 comments

A SPECIAL meeting to decide the fate of plans for a multi million pound IKEA superstore in Calcot takes place next week in Theale.

A decision on the controversial proposal to replace derelict buildings at Pincents Lane Retail Park with the £10m development will be made by West Berkshire Council at Theale Green Community School, from 6.30pm on Wednesday next week.

Planning bosses have switched the venue for the monthly Eastern Area Planning Committee meeting - which is usually held at the Calcot Centre in Highview - because a large turnout is expected.

Residents can also get a preview of the finalised plans and speak to the developers at a meeting on Monday from 7-9pm at the Beansheaf Centre in Charrington Road, Calcot. The meeting has been organised by Reading West MP Alok Sharma and Holybrook Parish Council chairwoman Mary Bedwell.

The plans, submitted in February last year, won the support of Reading Borough Council in June but West Berkshire has the final say next week.

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  • Kenneth Dope
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    Mar 28, 13:49
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    Presumably it would be in the interest of local residents to back this unless of course they are of the ilk that decide not to work for a living? The ilk that are instead content with a taxpayer funded giro "existence"?

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  • roedeer
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    Mar 29, 11:00
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    Kennth Dope

    Have you studied the plans? thought not.

    With IKEA's 30 mile catchment area think how an Ambulance would get though the traffic to your property to take you or your family to hospital and

    not get stuck in a queue of traffic on the M4 /A4 waiting to go to the IKEA sale

    Thought about that have you ?

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  • luci
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    Mar 29, 13:53
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    roedeer, You could say that about any shop, any development, any time of year.

    With that arguement, the majority of Reading, London, Manchester, Birmingham etc. would be deemed in-accessible during rush hour, Christmas shopping periods, weekends, bank holidays.

    Traffic is inavoidable, if you took that view, Reading, or anywhere, would never develop.

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  • roedeer
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    Mar 30, 17:38
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    There are approx 5,500 residents south of Bath Rd, Fords Farm, Beansheaf

    Bath Rd is their only access.

    They already have to put up with rat-runs through the estate and on-street parking

    a child was hit at the crossing on Bath Rd near the school

    There have been several RTA's on this road some of them fatal, 2 accidents in one day Nov 2010.

    companies who have objected:

    Sainsburys } as it will

    Dunelm Mill } affect their

    Porsche Cars } business

    RBFRS (Fire Brigade) moving to Theale Cross the control room will not be based there but rapid response vehicles will located there and need access at all times.

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