'We won't build sink estates'By Caroline Cook
November 25, 2011
Vast sink estates of housing will not be built in the Wokingham borough when development begins on the council’s four planned mini-towns.
As part of the council’s Core Strategy it has outlined four areas around the borough for housing developments, with a 35 per cent minimum level of affordable housing in new areas built in the next 15 years.
Councillor Charlotte Haitham-Taylor, ward member for Shinfield South, asked the council leader at a meeting of the full council on Thursday, November 17, what the ratio would mean for those living the south of the M4 proposed development location.
Council leader Councillor David Lee gave his assurance that plans for new housing around the borough will not see sink estates, which are characterised by high levels of economic and social deprivation, being built.
He said: “I think it’s important that everybody remembers what we mean by affordable housing and what is meant by 35 per cent minimum in the core strategy.
“It says we will look at sites on a site-by-site basis so that does not mean we will automatically put that in.
“It’s not this authority’s intention to build vast sink estates.
“We have to look at viability in each of the strategic development locations.
“We have no intention of building sink estates in this authority.”