Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Fears over Reading spreading

COUNCILLORS in Sonning Common are concerned that Gladman Land’s plan would extend the boundary of Reading,

COUNCILLORS in Sonning Common are concerned that Gladman Land’s plan would extend the boundary of Reading, writes Connor McLoughlin.

The developer is to submit plans for 270 homes on three fields between Peppard Road and Kiln Road on the northern edge of Emmer Green.

The site is in Eye and Dunsden parish and South Oxfordshire district, not Reading borough.

Councillor Paul Harrison, who represents Sonning Common on the district council, said planning officers felt the land should not be developed and he agreed.

Speaking at a meeting of Sonning Common Parish Council last week, he said: “The site sticks out like a sore thumb into south Oxfordshire.



“From our view, the great risk is that we could become part of Reading’s conurbation so we have great reasons to object.”

Parish councillor Leigh Rawlins said the district council’s local plan talked about the importance of protecting the green belt around Oxford but there was no mention of land outside Reading.

“It seems here could be 20 sites that could come forward with Gladman and they will put in applications until they get them through,” he said.

Cllr Harrison said the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offered some protection but he couldn’t undersand Gladman’s motives anyway.

“The cost of building to the north of Reading is extremely high because of the river which people will always have trouble getting across,” he said. “It makes more sense to build to the south where you can create the required infrastructure.”



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