Contamination and traffic fears raised over Sandford Farm planBy Jon Nurse
March 08, 2013
Fears have been raised over contaminated soil and increased traffic as plans progress for the proposed Sandford Farm mini-town development.
Developer Taylor Wimpey has permission to build 468 homes, a 150-bedroom care home, a primary school and a country park.
But planners put forward amended plans for either 80 homes or 60 homes and an 80-bedroom care home, after no interest was received from care providers for the larger scheme.
The amended plans were displayed at The Oakwood Centre, in Headley Road, last Wednesday.
Phil Challis, of Loddon Valley Action Group, questioned what impact traffic from the new homes could have on the mini-town.
The potential for 80 extra houses and a planing application for another 27 homes would increase the number of new properties in the area by around a quarter.
Visitors at the exhibition were told the proposed changes would result in less than a five per cent increase in total traffic through the site, which can only be accessed via a roundabout in Mohawk Way.
Jaspinder Kaur, 32, who lives in the Woodley Airfield development, said: “My initial reaction is that it would be a lot of extra homes and there could be some impact on the rest of the area.”
At a meeting last month, neighbours were shocked to discover future developments will be built on contaminated soil below one metre.
One Woodley man, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “It raises the question whether people would like to buy a house with that sort of contamination just a metre below the ground.”
Michael Longman, project director for contractor Vertase FLI, said: “Some material won’t be suitable for re-use but others will be. Different classifications will be placed at different depths. Some deeper soils may have shredded plastic and cement bonded asbestos.”
For information about the development visit www.arplanning-projects.co.uk/projects/sandford-farm.
The plans to build a further 27 homes on the site were approved by Wokingham Borough Council’s planning committee on Wednesday.