The revival of a Traveller site in West Berkshire has been proposed following its demolition in 2020.

The site, which has been in operation since 1982, is located near Ufton Nervet and originally permitted 18 permanent pitches.

The new proposal has outlined 17 pitches consisting of a hard-standing area large enough for two twin axle caravans, car parking for two vehicles and a 30 sqm amenity building. The community building will house a kitchen/dayroom, bathroom, separate WC and utility area.

In addition to the amenity buildings a recycling storage facility, children's play area and sewerage treatment plant are to be located within the site.

A layout was proposed in 2018 when the Four Houses Corner became ‘unfit for purpose’ - which was declined.

This proposal is being put forward again with minor changes - including a small community block.

Cllr Denise Gaines, Executive Member for Highways, Housing and Sustainable Travel at West Berkshire Council, said: “The Council has a statutory duty to assess the need for Traveller site accommodation and where a requirement is identified, that need must be met. 

“In the case of Four Houses Corner, part of the site became unfit for purpose hence the need to demolish and rebuild it as the former residents of this site constitute a group with a known housing need.

“We are conducting a public consultation as required for our own development schemes, but we are aware this application will attract the public's attention. I would encourage the public to take part and have their say so that views from the public on the proposals help with the decision-making process.”

The council has outlined that this refurbishment aligns with their statutory obligations regarding Gypsy and Traveller site accommodation and offers improved facilities while upholding existing legal agreements and rights to live on site.

Members of the community have been asked to submit their views on the proposal and the future of the Four Houses Corner.