About the Current Bridge
The Reconstruction of Whitchurch Bridge - information is on a separate page
Whitchurch Bridge carries the B471 over the River Thames between Pangbourne in West Berkshire, and Whitchurch-on-Thames in Oxfordshire. It lies within the civil parish of Whitchurch-on-Thames, which in turn lies within the district of South Oxfordshire and the county of Oxfordshire.
Whitchurch Bridge lies within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Whitchurch-on-Thames Conservation Area, and is a Grade II listed structure for planning purposes. The local Planning authority is South Oxfordshire District Council.
The Bridge is subject to an environmental weight limit of 7.5 tonnes mgw, as is the B471 through Whitchurch-on-Thames. Access to the Bridge is restricted by a low railway over-Bridge (11 feet headroom) on the Pangbourne (south) approach, and limited road widths and a steep hill in Whitchurch-on-Thames.
Our engineering consultants Peter Brett Associates of Reading have now completed their Report "Whitchurch Bridge Approach Road - Options for Highway Widening". We have placed a hard copy in Pangbourne Library.
We have begun an initial period of Pre-Application Consultation, after which the Company will decide which option to develop further based on the Report's recommendations and the comments received. All the options encroach on to land owned by other parties, so we will seek to negotiate the transfer of land ownership to us for the chosen option subject to Planning Permission being granted. We will also need to reach agreement with other parties on the use of their land by our contractors during the works. When we have these agreements in place (and we can only proceed if we get these agreements) we will prepare a Planning Application for submission to West Berkshire Council.
The Company welcomes comments on the options set out in this Report. Our contact details are on the Home page.
We are also looking at another proposal, which we're calling Option D, which has emerged from the consultation process. This looks attractive and we have asked Peter Brett Associates to look at this idea in more detail. They will produce an outline design and propose how any potential Planning issues can be mitigated. We expect to give an update on progress by the end of April 2017.