D-Day for plans for 433 homes at WinnershBy Lewis Rudd
November 16, 2011
A final decision on controversial blueprints proposing the development of 433 homes, a new primary school and relief road in Winnersh is expected to be given by planing bosses tonight.
Plans from developers Bovis Homes and Persimmon Homes to build the mini-town at Hatch Farm Dairies in King Street Lane will be scrutinised by the planning committee at Wokingham Borough Council when it meets this evening.
Campaigners fearing the development will increase the risk of flood damage to their homes and escalate traffic problems in the area won a last-minute temporary reprieve in October when the committee deferred its decision on the plans.
This was because members felt more information relating to the Winnersh relief road, which will run from Reading Road near the BP garage to Lower Earley Way, is needed before they can be convinced the blueprints are acceptable.
Some also voiced concerns about the applicant only proposing to allocate 26 per cent of the development as affordable housing.
Representatives from both Winnersh and neighbouring Lower Earley are once again expected to speak out against the proposals before the committee decides whether to grant or refuse the applicant planning permission.
The application has been recommended for approval by planning officers working for the authority.
The meeting will be held at the council's civic offices in Shute End, starting at 7pm.