Tuesday, 17 October 2017

‘Village can’t grow any more’

MEMBERS of Charvil Parish Council say they don’t need a neighbourhood plan because the village is “pretty much finished”.

MEMBERS of Charvil Parish Council say they don’t need a neighbourhood plan because the village is “pretty much finished”.

A presentation about how a plan could help shape development was given to the council last week by Emma Critchley, of Wokingham Borough Council’s neighbourhood planning team.

But Councillor Paul Mundy said: “We think Charvil is pretty much finished — it is full. It has got a boundary and we are opposed to settlement outside that boundary.

“Infill is happening all the time but it is settlement not within the boundary that we want to prevent.”

Alice Wilkinson, who chairs the council, said: “At its worst, the potential for development in this village is in dribs and drabs and there is not a lot left to protect.”

She said creating a neighbourhood plan would fall to the council but most members had to work so they would need help.

“It is fine if there were lots of willing volunteers in the community but experience tell us that only happens when there is a thorny issue,” she said.

Councillor James Bell said: “Sleepy Charvil has limited scale. Even if we were not minded against further development I see limited relevance for this.”

Members agreed to revisit the idea in the future.

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