Dear Members and Supporters,

The Enborne River Valley Preservation Society (ERVPS), a dedicated group of community volunteers, has recently convened in the wake of the appeal decision granting planning permission at Common Farm. It’s with a unified spirit and unwavering commitment that we have collectively decided to persist in our efforts. We believe the battle for the preservation of our cherished community is far from over.

As a small team of five local volunteers, we are acutely aware of the challenges we face. However, our strength lies not in our numbers, but in the depth of our sector-specific knowledge and our relentless drive to make a difference. We are committed to maintaining a robust presence in this ongoing issue, ensuring that the authorities enforce every condition upon which this planning permission has been granted. Our goal is to hold all parties accountable, safeguarding the integrity of our environment and community.

The issue of flooding at the Common Farm site remains at the forefront of our concerns. We have taken proactive steps by reaching out to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s local planners. Our aim is to seek clarity on certain conditions imposed on the developer, particularly around the proposed Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS). We have reiterated our evidence and critiques, emphasising the need for effective and responsible flood management practices.

As always, we are grateful for your continued support and involvement in these crucial matters. Together, we are united in our pursuit of a balanced and respectful approach to development. Let’s continue this important work with renewed vigor and a shared vision for a sustainable future.

Warm regards,

ERVPS Commitee

A society that represents local residents in the fight against the Watermill Bridge development, submitted by Bewley Homes, at the site of Common Farm, Wash Water.

How you play your part?

Help us save this vital green space which separates Highclere and Woolton Hill from the encroaching Newbury conurbation. Please regularly view our website to keep up to date on important developments as our fight against this development will not be easy and it certainly will not be short. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter which currently has over 120 members. Our newsletter is the fastest way to access any updates or information regarding the work ERVPS are doing.

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