Reading University wins Shinfield planning appeals
November 15, 2012
The Secretary of State has made a final decision to grant appeals to The University of Reading over plans to build 1,350 homes, a primary school and a supermarket in Shinfield.
Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, made the announcement on Friday.
The three appeals include plans for a community building, sports pavilion and open space, a relief road to Shinfield and an M4 bridge.
David Savage, the University of Reading chief operating officer, said: “We are delighted with the decision.
“During the course of the public inquiry last autumn, and throughout the lengthy application process, the university put forward a robust case and established significant areas of common ground with Wokingham Borough Council.”
But the council has not welcomed the news.
Councillor Keith Baker, executive member for highways and planning, said: “We are tremendously disappointed the Secretary of State has decided to rule in favour of the university and ride roughshod over residents views.
“There are two significant outcomes that are absolutely contrary to what residents have told us through the extensive consultation exercise.”