Traffic remains an issue for Buckhurst Farm planBy Jon Nurse
December 14, 2012
Renewed concerns over traffic were raised when detailed plans for Buckhurst Farm were revealed to neighbours.
David Wilson Homes unveiled its latest designs for the 650-home development in London Road, at The Cornerstone in Norreys Avenue last Wednesday.
The public exhibition featured the scheme’s masterplan, main road, residential layout and open space, ahead of a detailed planning application for the project’s initial phases due to be submitted by the end of this month.
Giuseppe Zanré, planning director of David Wilson Homes’ southern division, said: “We were very pleased with our event, which was attended by more than 150 residents.
“We will consider the views made to my team, as we move towards finalising our Reserved Matters planning applications for the first stretch of Buckhurst Boulevard, and the first 150 homes to the south of London Road.”
Chris and Sue French of Froghall Drive, which neighbours Buckhurst Farm, accept the houses need to be built but shared some concerns at the exhibition.
“It’s going to affect us severely,” Mr French said.
“Cars are queuing along London Road already and it’s going to get worse before it gets better.
“The primary school seems to be right on the main road which seems odd.
“Young children don’t have much road sense.
“I’d think building the school first would have been a better idea to take overspill from other schools.”
Buckhurst Boulevard will be the main road through the site and the ﬁrst phase of the future Southern Distributor Road (SDR) that will extend west to link with the Tesco roundabout in Finchampstead Road.
Council officers estimate 1,400 cars will use the SDR during peak hours in the morning and 1,100 cars during peak evening times in 2026.
Ash Partridge, 53, of Tudor Close, added: “This main road seems to be described as a quiet road through an estate and also a distributor road – I don’t think you can have both.”
The development, which was approved by Wokingham Borough Council in April, will be the first phase in a 2,500 home development.
Next year contractors will work on the site’s infrastructure with the first house sales being in spring 2014 and the development finished in 2020.
Priest Avenue Residents’ Association (PARA) has campaigned against the development and presented a petition to the borough council in September.
Bob Gunn, PARA chairman, used the exhibition to ask what was being done to defend against flooding.
“With the recent rains, Clay Lane has again flooded and water has been pouring off the Buckhurst Farm site,” he said. “We are now even more convinced there is a significant flood run-off risk to properties in Priest Avenue.”
The display boards from the exhibition can be seen at www.buckhurstpark.com