Sandford Farm homes plan approvedBy Lewis Rudd
November 04, 2009
Controversial plans to build hundreds of homes on Sandford Farm have been approved by a Government inspector.
Woodley Developments Ltd has today been granted outline planning permission to build 492-homes, 150-unit retirement community, a community centre and shops and offices after it appealed to the Planning Inspectorate.
The developers appealed following Wokingham Borough Council’s decision in January to refuse its proposal for the site in Mohawk Way, Woodley.
The decision by inspector David Nicholson comes despite the tireless efforts of the Loddon Valley Action Group (LVAG), who have long campaigned against any development at the recovering greenbelt site and raised more than £15,000 to have their arguments heard at the appeal in June.
A frustrated David Parker, LVAG chairman, said: “We are very disappointed. We can only take some comfort from the fact there are a number of conditions the applicant has to get approval on in its final application.
“We’re disappointed and if I’m honest a little angry. There is nowhere for us to go from here because unfortunately the independent inspector is like a demi-god.
“I really don’t know where this leaves the planning statement for this borough, the application was refused on good grounds yet it has been overruled.
“We will examine the received documents and the details of his report.
“We are disappointed and very angry, but we would like to thank the residents for the support they have given and the money they have helped us to raise.”
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