Disgusted Woodley bosses write to minister over Bulmershe homesBy Jon Nurse
February 20, 2013
Disgust over the latest blow against protecting the green gap between two of the borough’s towns will be raised with Whitehall.
Frustrated Woodley town councillors are writing to Eric Pickles MP after he decided not to call in Wokingham Borough Council’s decision to allow The University of Reading to build nearly 300 homes at its Bulmershe campus.
Councillors are angry the plans include building on 10 per cent of the green space between Woodley and Earley.
They voted unanimously to write to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government during a meeting on Tuesday, February 12.
Councillor Phil Challis said: “The letter confirming this decision says the Government is committed to give more power to councils and communities to make their own decisions on planning issues. In this case both the town councils opposed but weren’t taken note of.”
Cllr Keith Baker, executive member for highways and planning, said he wasn’t surprised by the Secretary of State’s ruling, referring to a Government inspector’s decision to allow development in Shinfield that overrode councils’ and residents’ wishes. “My sentiments are exactly the same as yours – this is not localism,” he said.
The University plans to build houses, apartments and a sports pavilion on the site.