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Otters sighted in the River Enborne

Otters sighted in the River Enborne

A local resident of Enborne Row, directly on the boundary of the proposed Watermill Bridge, has been monitoring the river in recent weeks for signs of Otter life. We are delighted to show you some activity from a few days ago. Otters are strictly protected 

BBC Report of thousands of extra car journeys on our roads

BBC Report of thousands of extra car journeys on our roads

This week the BBC have reported that development plans on former farmlands are creating thousands of extra car journeys in our cities, towns and villages. This could not be more accurate when it comes to the proposed plans for Common Farm and Watermill Bridge. Despite 

21/01/2022 | An update from your Committee

21/01/2022 | An update from your Committee


We have 155 comments lodged with BDBC, of which only 2 were in support and 153 objected to the proposal. Furthermore the objections were individual, clear, constructive and educated about the issues involved so carry more weight. So thank you to all of you who took the time and trouble to object so effectively.

You can look at the documents submitted on the BDBC website, but to save the bother, we have uploaded copies of the objections posted by ERVPS, East Woodhay Parish Council, Highclere Parish Council, the Highclere Society and West Berks Council;



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How to submit your objection

How to submit your objection

To view the planning application, search for 21/03394/OUT, or ‘Watermill Bridge’. Here is the link to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Planning Portal: CLICK HERE PUBLIC OBJECTIONS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED BY 16TH DECEMBER 2021 SUBMIT OBJECTION VIA COUNCILS WEBSITE | If you are able to 

Latest update – details of our meeting

Latest update – details of our meeting

Latest Update: 26/11/2021 **NEW RESIDENTS MEETING – MONDAY 6TH DECEMBER 2021** Enborne River Valley Preservation Society invite you to attend our next public residents meeting on Monday 6th December 2021 at The Woodpecker Inn, Wash Water at 6pm. Meeting Agenda Status of Planning Application What 

ERVPS will see you at The Woolton Hill Village Market

ERVPS will see you at The Woolton Hill Village Market

The ERVPS Committee look forward to attending this weeks Woolton Hill Village Market. You will see us there handing out flyers to increase awareness of the proposed development to residents of Highclere and East Woodhay who will be heavily affected through stretched services, busy highways and pollution.

Here is a link to the WHVM: click here

Saturday 27th November 2021 – 10:30am – 1pm

Our flyer:

Article from National press – flooding high on the agenda

Article from National press – flooding high on the agenda

Flooding: People urged to prepare after warnings of a wetter winter Households around the UK are being urged to prepare for the risk of flooding as the country faces a higher chance of a wetter winter, experts said. A Met Office outlook shows there is 

Latest update – application reference details

Latest update – application reference details

Update: 19/11/2021 The long awaited planning application for development at Common Farm has now been submitted and validated by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. All the relevant documents are now public and available to view here. Search for application reference 21/03394/OUT. Your committee is already 

Planning application has now been submitted

Planning application has now been submitted

Watermill Bridge Planning Application by Bewley Homes has been submitted


The Bewley Homes website has announced that they have submitted their outline planning application for 350 homes at Common Farm,  including a detailed submission for the first 90 homes.


The application is still being validated by Basingstoke and Deane Council, and has not yet been published on their website, but you can read the summary of it on Bewley’s website www.watermillbridge.co.uk .


Your committee is already underway with our preparations to respond to this, including specialist professional advice. We will keep you updated shortly  with our actions, outline the help we need from you, and chart the progress of the application and the reactions to it. 

Donations request..

Donations request..

We introduce The Enborne River Valley Preservation Society (ERVPS). This is the name of our proposed Community Interest Company. This will make us an official entity as we will now move forward to handling money and paying bills. The nature of a CIC is non