An Alternative, Better Strategy for New Homes in Thatcham

Croudace Homes and the Colthrop Village Consortium are bringing forward an alternative strategy to meet local housing needs without having to release the North East Thatcham site proposed in West Berkshire Council’s Local Plan.

In its current form, the draft plan would see 2,500 homes built on the outskirts of the town, shaded in red on the map.

However, the plan has not yet been approved, and there is an alternative. Croudace Homes and Colthrop Village Consortium are working together on two smaller sites which could provide 1,175 homes. Vitally, this would be enough to meet Thatcham’s housing needs up to 2037 (which is the lifetime of the new Local Plan) and provide all the necessary infrastructure improvements such as highways upgrades and more school places.

At this stage, the team is not seeking planning permission for either site but is seeking residents views on the preferred strategy, something residents have not been consulted on to date. Residents and other important local stakeholders can play a crucial role in the consultation process which will influence the final decision on which sites are identified.

Please watch our video below for an overview of the proposals and our consultation.

A Genuine Alternative

Combined, the sites at Colthrop Village and Henwick Park could deliver 1,175 homes.

At Colthrop Village, part of which is brownfield land, 950 dwellings could be provided along with public open space, sports pitches, medical facilities, and a new primary school. The development would be within easy walking distance of Thatcham Station.

At Henwick Park, 275 homes would be provided on a site which has already been identified by the Planning Inspectorate as suitable for development. A significant portion of the land would also be set aside for a new country park for everyone to enjoy.

Both sites would be potentially quicker and easier to deliver than the much larger plan for 2,500 homes at Northeast Thatcham, which would place a much greater strain on local services.

Technical Reports

Transport Report

Education Report

About Croudace Homes and Colthrop Village Consortium

Colthrop Village Consortium – representing the landowners of the site – control the land on which the Colthrop Paper Mill was located and run. About 40% of the proposed homes would be on previously developed land (brownfield land) which the Government suggests should be built on before Greenfield land.

The consortium’s partner, Croudace Homes, was founded in 1946 and to this day remains a family- owned business.

It is committed to delivering attractive street scenes and homes with care and attention to detail, backed up with first-class customer service.

Its expertly designed properties are built by experienced professionals using quality materials, fixtures, and fittings. Croudace Homes also takes its responsibility towards the immediate and wider community seriously. It often includes play areas and sports facilities in its schemes, raises money for charity, and protects local wildlife, ensuring its developments are desirable and socially pleasant places to live.

How to provide your feedback

Our project team available Mon – Fri – 09:00 – 17:30 to answer any project or technical queries you may have. Please reach us via the below channels:

Phone: 0800 298 7040

If you are looking to provide feedback on our proposals, please visit the Feedback page of this website.

We are committed to community engagement and will be consulting on the masterplan for the site to enable local residents to have their say. Please take a moment to view our plans through the virtual consultation page and provide your feedback by 31st May 2022.