Planning & Traffic News

Summary of local planning applications, highways and traffic news, conservation area


We only list items relevant to the areas encompassed by Sonning and Sonning Eye and ignore minor applications such as tree works etc. Full details of all planning applications are available on the relevant council's planning website and be accessed by clicking the title banner.

Applications which are dealt with by Wokingham Borough Council (WBC) have a blue banner; a green banner signifies those dealt with by South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC). Clicking on the thumbnail location map will open up a larger Google Maps window.

Anyone may support or object to a planning application by writing to the council or by completing the relevant online form. It should be noted that the council can only take into account what are termed "material considerations" when deciding on a planning application. These may include (but are not limited to):

  • Adverse effect on the residential amenity of neighbours, including noise; disturbance; parking; overlooking; loss of privacy, overshadowing or loss of light etc.
  • Unacceptable over-development of the site, especially loss of gardens or reductions in the open aspect of the neighbourhood
  • Visual impact of the development
  • Negative effect on the character of the neighbourhood, if it is over-bearing or out-of-scale compared to existing houses, especially if it is within a Conversation Area
  • Negative effect on highway safety or the convenience of road users.
  • Nature conservation

The following types of objections would not be considered relevant to the application process:

  • The effect of the proposed development on the value of neighbouring properties
  • Noise and disturbance during the execution of the works unless the work is carried out outside the times detailed in the planning approval “Conditions”
  • Concerns about future development or the motives for the planning permission

If a member feels strongly about an application and would like the Society’s support, please contact one of our panel members or use the Contact Form (when it's available) to notify us.

North Lodge Sonning Lane Sonning RG4 6ST
Application No. 173465 Public consultation tba

Application for Listed Building Consent for the replacement of windows and surrounds, new boiler flue installation, repairing small features to match adjoining gates.

More information can be found on the WBC planning portal: Application No. 173465

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South Lodge Sonning Lane Sonning RG4 6ST
Application No. 173442 Public consultation tba

Application to vary condition 2 of planning consent F/2014/1832 (140734) for the erection of two storey side, rear and front extension to dwelling, following demolition of existing conservatory. Condition 2 relates to approved details.

More information can be found on the WBC planning portal: Application No. 173442

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The Malthouse High Street Sonning Berkshire RG4 6UP
Application No. 173418 Public consultation tba

Listed building consent for the proposed replacement of existing kitchen doors and frame with a higher sill and replacement of existing lounge doors for a window.

More information can be found on the WBC planning portal: Application No. 173418

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Pool Court Thames Street Sonning RG4 6UR
Application No. 173369 Public consultation tba

Householder application for the proposed erection of single storey side and rear extensions, erection of outbuilding, plus reposition of existing tennis court and western boundary.

More information can be found on the WBC planning portal: Application No. 173369

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6 Hawthorn Way Sonning Wokingham RG4 6TG
Application No. 172715 Public consultation: 13 Sept - 11 OctCnslt: 13 Sept - 11 Oct

Householder application for the proposed erection of two storey side/rear extension plus single storey front extension, extension to the first floor front dormer and single storey front extension to enlarge porch.

More information can be found on the WBC planning portal: Application No. 172715

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The Homestead Sonning Eye RG4 6TN
Application No. P17/S2982/HH Public consultation: 4 Aug - 6 OctCnslt: 4 Aug - 6 Oct

New ancillary out-building with store over. Grade II listed building.

More information can be found on the SODC planning portal: Application No. P17/S2982/HH

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Hope Cottage 11 Pound Lane Sonning RG4 6XD
Application No. 171651 Public consultation tba

Householder application for the proposed part single storey, part two storey side and rear extension to dwelling.

More information can be found on the WBC planning portal: Application No. 171651

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Please note that we use GoogleMaps to identify the property concerned so, especialy in the case of new builds, the map pin may not indicate the precise location.

We only list items relevant to the areas encompassed by Sonning and Sonning Eye and ignore minor applications such as tree works etc. Full detals of all planning applications are available on the relevant council's planning website.

Applications which are dealt with by Wokingham Borough Council (WBC) have a blue banner; a green banner signifies those dealt with by South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC). Clicking on the thumbnail location map will open up a larger Google Maps window.

 Ranmore Parkway Drive Sonning RG4 6XG
Application No. 172701 Passed on 1 Dec 2017
Passed on 1 Dec 2017

Householder application for the proposed erection of a part single/part two storey rear extension, a single storey front porch extension, plus the addition of a mezzanine floor with rooflight and the part conversion of garage to create habitable accommodation to dwelling.

More information can be found on the WBC planning portal: Application No. 172701

Download the DECISION NOTICE directly from WBC Planning portal

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 12a South Drive Sonning Wokingham RG4 6GB
Application No. 172579 Passed on 3 Nov 2017
Passed on 3 Nov 2017

Full application for the proposed erection of 4no bedroom detached dwelling following demolition and removal of existing dwelling.

More information can be found on the WBC planning portal: Application No. 172579

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 The Atrium Thames Street Sonning RG4 6UR
Application No. 172637 Passed on 2 Nov 2017
Passed on 2 Nov 2017

Full application for the proposed erection of replacement dwelling with basement and detached double garage and store following demolition of existing dwelling.

More information can be found on the WBC planning portal: Application No. 172637

Download the DECISION NOTICE directly from WBC Planning portal

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 Reading Blue Coat School, Sonning Lane RG4 6SU
Application No. 172485 Passed on 24 Oct 2017
Passed on 24 Oct 2017

Application for submission of details to comply with the following condition of planning consent 170118 (dated 18/4/17) - 8. Process and means of updated Travel Plan.

More information can be found on the WBC planning portal: Application No. 172485

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 Acrefield Charvil Lane Sonning RG4 6TH
Application No. 172583 Refused on 24 Oct 2017
Refused on 24 Oct 2017

Full application for the proposed erection of 3no dwellings following demolition of existing dwelling and detached garage.

More information can be found on the WBC planning portal: Application No. 172583

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 27 Glebe Lane Sonning RG4 6XH
Application No. 172380 Passed on 29 Sep 2017
Passed on 29 Sep 2017

Householder application for proposed erection of two storey rear extension and demolition of existing garage.

More information can be found on the WBC planning portal: Application No. 172380

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  Reading Blue Coat School Sonning RG4 6SU
Application No. 171780 Passed on 19 Sep 2017
Passed on 19 Sep 2017

Full application for the proposed construction of multi-use games area with associated fencing, lighting and surface treatments.

More information can be found on the WBC planning portal: Application No. 171780

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 Bishops Close Sonning Lane RG4 6ST
Application No. 172145 Passed on 7 Sep 2017
Passed on 7 Sep 2017

Listed building consent for temporary removal of gates and superstructure plus renovations and repair of gates to include repainting (Part Retrospective).

More information can be found on the WBC planning portal: Application No. 172145

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 33 West Drive Sonning RG4 6GE
Application No. 172054 Passed on 25 Aug 2017
Passed on 25 Aug 2017

Householder application for the proposed erection of single storey part two storey rear extensions to dwelling.

More information can be found on the WBC planning portal: Application No. 172054

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 Keepers Cottage Duffield Road Sonning RG4 6SX
Application No. 171785 Passed on 18 Aug 2017
Passed on 18 Aug 2017

Householder application for the proposed erection of part two side storey extension plus erection of single side extension to dwelling.

More information can be found on the WBC planning portal: Application No. 171785

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 Keepers Cottage Duffield Road Sonning RG4 6SX
Application No. 171786 Passed on 18 Aug 2017
Passed on 18 Aug 2017

Listed Building for the proposed erection of part two side storey extension plus erection of single side extension to dwelling.

More information can be found on the WBC planning portal: Application No. 171786

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 47 Old Bath Road Sonning Reading RG4 6SY
Application No. 171631 Passed on 26 Jul 2017
Passed on 26 Jul 2017

Householder application for the proposed erection of a single storey rear extension with glazed lantern and erection of rear dormer extensions to converted loft space.

More information can be found on the WBC planning portal: Application No. 171631

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  20 Old Bath Road Sonning RG4 6TA
Application No. 171937 Passed on 25 Jul 2017
Passed on 25 Jul 2017

Application for the submission of details to comply with the following condition of planning consent 162919(15/12/2016). 5. Landscaping

More information can be found on the WBC planning portal: Application No. 171937

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 3 High Street Sonning RG4 6UP
Application No. 171733 Passed on 20 Jul 2017
Passed on 20 Jul 2017

Householder application for the proposed erection of a single storey rear extension, to include 2no dormer window extensions and erection of a rear outbuilding to form a garden office.

More information can be found on the WBC planning portal: Application No. 171733

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 Willowmere Bath Road Sonning RG4 6TB
Application No. 172063 Passed on 20 Jul 2017
Passed on 20 Jul 2017

Non-material amendment application to planning consent 170093 to allow additional side windows.

More information can be found on the WBC planning portal: Application No. 172063

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 The Mill at Sonning (Theatre) Ltd Sonning Eye
Application No. P17/S0259/FUL Passed on 27 Jun 2017
Passed on 27 Jun 2017

Demolition of existing garages and ancillary structures; conversion of third & fourth floors of Mill building to form three apartments with related works on other floors; conversion of rehearsal/ accommodation building to form two dwellings; and all associated works. (Amended by plans received 2017_03_01 to include more parking spaces) (Amended by plans 2017_06_01 to include car port).

More information can be found on the SODC planning portal: Application No. P17/S0259/FUL

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 Pool Court Thames Street Sonning RG4 6UR
Application No. 171171 Refused on 13 Jun 2017
Refused on 13 Jun 2017

Full application for the proposed demolition of existing dwelling and replacement with new dwelling with basement and garage annex.

More information can be found on the WBC planning portal: Application No. 171171

Download the DECISION NOTICE directly from WBC Planning portal

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 Charfield Cottage Charvil Lane Sonning RG4 6TH
Application No. 170895 Refused on 22 May 2017
Refused on 22 May 2017

Householder application for the proposed erection of a two storey side extension to dwelling, to include a dormer extension, following demolition and removal of existing single storey and part catslide roof.

More information can be found on the WBC planning portal: Application No. 170895

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 Land Adjacent To Model Farm Cottages Bath Road RG4 6TD
Application No. 161565 Refused on 1 Aug 2016
Refused on 1 Aug 2016

Full application for the proposed use of land for the stationing of caravans for residential purposes for 2no gypsy pitches together with the formation of utility/dayrooms and hardstanding ancillary to that use. Please note that this appeal is linked with enforcement appeal APP/X0360/C/16/3157598 (170166).

More information can be found on the WBC planning portal: Application No. 161565

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 20 Glebe Lane, Sonning
Application No. 172347 Refused on 30 Nov -1
Refused on 30 Nov -1

Householder application for the conversion of loft space to habitable accommodation with rear dormer extension to dwelling and new gable end.

More information can be found on the WBC planning portal: Application No. 172347

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Please note that we use GoogleMaps to identify the property concerned so, especialy in the case of new builds, the map pin may not indicate the precise location.

The panels below describe some of the activites that the Highways & Traffic section are currently engaged with.

Current Activites

The Panel are currently working with the Sonning Parish Council Highways Working Group to develop a long term strategy to reduce the impact of the large volumes of traffic that pass through the two villages. This will also seek to reduce the amount of street signs that clutter up the villages.

Parking Challenges in Sonning Lane

The joint working group consisting of representatives from the S& SES and SPC have had some very useful discussions with Reading Blue Coat School and WBC relating to parking issues in Sonning Lane. WBC have given notice that they will take over responsibility for parking from Thames Valley police which is a necessary prerequisite for agreeing changes to parking restrictions on Sonning Lane. The joint working group is also continuing its discussions with local businesses with the objective of improving the parking problems.

Sonning Eye Issues with Caversham Quarry operated by Lafarge

The Society is supporting the Sonning Eye Action Group (SEAG) in its efforts to get more information on ground water issues. In addition SEAG has taken up with Oxfordshire CC the severe damage to the footpath near Spring Lane caused by the installation of the bridge for gravel located across Spring Lane.

Latest News: Lafarge have put in extra gravel plans in response to the concerns voiced by SEAG. Comments on these new propsals must be received by Thursday October 11th.

See Sonning Eye Action Group Website.

Sonning Bridge - Repairs

On the 19th April 2017 there was a collision on the brick bridge involving two cars. An elderly woman driving in one car and one of the three passengers of the second vehicle were taken to hospital for treatment for non life threatening injuries. It was reported that a 24 year old male driver of the second car was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

The bridge suffered significant damage on the Berkshire side. Thanks to the quick thinking of several members of the Sonning & Sonning Eye Society many of the damaged bricks were salvaged and set aside safely. Unfortunately some were subsequently thrown into the river.

We are pleased to report that the bridge has now been repaired and it is hoped the new mortar will gradually change colour to blend in with the existing mortar.

Work is underway on an updated local plan which will shape the future of Wokingham Borough.

As part of the Local Plan Update process, we need to understand what land is available for new housing, business and leisure development, and other uses. A number of sites across the Borough have been suggested to us to be consider for development.

The next stage of the plan, the Preferred Options Consultation, is now anticipated to be in the summer 2018. The changed timetable is necessary to allow further detailed work to be undertaken on infrastructure and other potential impacts and opportunities. The detailed programme will be set out in a new Local Development Scheme in the next couple of months.

From Wokingham Borough Council's Website

Latest Information from S&SES

No changes have been made to the list of sites for updating the local plan that will guide development in the Borough for the next 20 years and also the gypsy and traveller local plan since its publication by WBC. There are seven sites listed in Sonning. The Society is continuing the monitor the list.

You can read the full details and see the maps by visiting Wokingham Borough Council's website: Local Plan Update

List of Sites in Sonning
Site reference Address Size (hectares) Land use proposed by the promoter
5SO001 Land at Sonning Farm 1.29 Housing (C3 Planning Use Class)
5SO002 Land East of Garde Road 6.16 Housing (C3 Planning Use Class)
5SO003 Land North of Thames Street 3.45 Housing (C3 Planning Use Class)
5SO004 Land West of Milestone Avenue 8.81 Housing (C3 Planning Use Class)
5SO005 Land at Sonning Golf Club, Duffield Road 0.77 Housing (C3 Planning Use Class)
5SO006 Land at Russell's Field/Ali's Pond, Sonning Lane 0.69 Pitches for Gypsy and Travellers and plots for Travelling Show People
5SO007 Land Adjacent to Model Farm Cottages Bath Road 0.19 Housing (C3 Planning Use Class). Pitches for Gypsy and Travellers and plots for Travelling Show People. Self-Build.

The Conservation Area Appraisal was adopted on 19th April 2017.

Current Activites

We are pleased to report that the 2017 Sonning Conservation Area Appraisal (SCAA) was adopted by Wokingham Borough Council (WBC) at their meeting on 7 April and became effective on 19 April 2017.

The WBC recommendation to adopt the SCAA included the following background explanation:

Conservation areas (CA’s) are areas of special architectural or historic interest. Local Planning Authorities (LPA’s) have a duty to designate these areas under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 and ‘from time to time’, to review the boundaries and to formulate proposals to preserve and enhance their special historic and architectural character.

Since 2012 the Council has been working with the Parish Council and Sonning & Sonning Eye Society in the production of an appraisal document for Sonning CA. The Parish Council and Sonning & Sonning Eye Society have carried out the research and produced the draft document. This was passed to the Council to finalise and consult on. A 6 week public consultation has been undertaken and amendments have been made to the appraisal to reflect consultation responses. It is now proposed that the document is adopted by the Council and will constitute a material planning consideration in assessing planning applications.

The Appraisal assesses the special architectural and historic significance of the conservation area through considering issues such as the layout, open spaces, trees and landscape, focal points and important buildings. The Appraisal identifies both positive features and those which are considered to detract from its special interest of the area. It also highlights vulnerabilities and opportunities for enhancement.

The designation of a conservation area gives the LPA additional controls over the demolition of unlisted buildings and works to trees, restricts some permitted development rights and tightens regulations on advertising.

Once designated, the LPA has a duty to have special regard to the desirability of preserving or enhancing the character or appearance of their conservation areas in undertaking their planning duties. In providing an up to date assessment of the character of the conservation area, this Appraisal is a material planning consideration.

The Society would like to thank all the volunteers who comprised the teams who went round the village to record the details that were to define the special features that make Sonning special.