Application to change former Shire Horse Centre into luxury housing estate

Application to change former Shire Horse Centre into luxury housing estate

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Lucy Golding

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Application to change former Shire Horse Centre into luxury housing estate

The site of a former children's farm and craft village in Littlewick Green could be set to become a luxury housing estate.

On Tuesday, July 29, Hicks Developers submitted its full planning application to the Royal Borough for what was once the Shire Horse Centre site in Bath Road.

This is following approval of an outline planning application granted in September 2012.

Hicks' plans involve demolishing all existing buildings to make way for six detached properties ranging from three to six bedrooms with access from Cherry Garden Lane.

The Shire Horse Centre closed in the late nineties.

The site was bought in 2005 when it became an animal education centre and craft workshop named Village Life.

In May 2010 the owners of Village Life applied for a temporary relaxation of trading restrictions but were turned down and closed the business at the end of the year.

In then became temporary home to alternative education centre Heroes Berkshire, which offers young people hands-on experience with animals.

Heroes left the premises at the end of 2013 after it was bought by Hicks.

White Waltham Parish Council will be discussing the application at its meeting on Tuesday, August 26, in Littlewick Green Village Hall at 7pm.

A decision from the Royal Borough is due by Tuesday, September 23.

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