MP Dr Phillip Lee grilled by Crowthorne constituentsBy Jennie Slevin
November 29, 2012
Constituents quizzed the Bracknell Forest MP on a number of issues at a meeting in Crowthorne last Thursday.
Dr Phillip Lee, whose constituency includes Crowthorne and Finchampstead, spoke about housing plans for the area and the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections at the question and answer session at the Morgan Centre in Wellington Road.
The first question put to Dr Phillip Lee asked whether Bracknell Forest Council’s Site Allocations Development Plan Document (SADPD), which aims to build 10,780 homes across the borough between 2006 and 2026, would be scrapped.
Some of the homes have already been built, but the SADPD includes plans for 1,000 homes on the former Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) site in Old Wokingham Road, Crowthorne, and 400 homes at Broadmoor Hospital also in Crowthorne.
Dr Lee assured his constituents the initial figures for the developments had been reduced, but made it clear new homes would be built.
He said: “We need cheaper homes because we benefit from having a cross section of ages in the area.
“There is a brownfield site that’s going to built on, it’s just a case of having the money. But we need to build sensitively, are the new builds going to be Bracknell homes or Crowthorne?
“If new homes are built in Crowthorne will there be enough GPs and schools? We don’t want to have people buying new houses, thinking they’re living in Crowthorne but sending their children to schools in Bracknell.”
He added that by having contradicting needs the borough would have to find a compromise, saying: “We all want big gardens and green land, but we also want houses and jobs for our children.”
Commenting on the PCC’s election, where just 13.1 per cent in Bracknell voted, Dr Lee defended the concept, suggesting it is important to have an individual responsible for policing.
But he added: “We all should feel concerned about the turnout.
“Next time around it will be in May with the local elections and people will be more aware of the role and what it involves.”
To watch a video of the session go to www.phillip-lee.com/video-gallery.