Around 20,000 sq m of employment and distribution space has been approved for a site in Colthrop, West Berkshire.

West Berkshire Council’s eastern area planning committee approved the proposal by Ptarmigan Land at its May 11 meeting.

Ptarmigan plans three warehouses on the five-hectare greenfield site, off Gable Way, between the A4 and the railway line. It will create around 300 jobs.

There were objections from local parishes but Cllr Alan Law said the council’s policy supported the scheme and the location suited logistics. He added: “If not here, then where?”

The site sits on around 280,000 tonnes of sand and gravel and the council asked that the developer produces a viability study into its extraction before development.

The report concluded it would cost £8.5 million to recover the minerals and restore the land for development which, along with delay, would make such a scheme unviable.

Image (Google) shows the dogleg-shaped section of land in the centre.

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