Friday, 18 August 2017

Developer angry at site rejection

A DEVELOPER has hit out after a site in Sonning Common that it wants to build on was not earmarked

A DEVELOPER has hit out after a site in Sonning Common that it wants to build on was not earmarked for housing.

TA Fisher, of Reading, wants to build 33 homes on the land known as Sonning Edge, off Kennylands Road.

The site is included in the Sonning Common neighbourhood plan but has not been taken forward to the design stage.

The company has written to every member of the neighbourhood plan working group, saying the site is not in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and should have been considered for development.

Julian Pacey, head of land and planning, said the firm had modified its plans after an application for 50 homes was rejected in 2011.

He wrote: “Our latest scheme for just 33 homes is designed specifically to suit the sloping site and includes bungalows, chalet bungalows, family houses and, more importantly, homes for first-time buyers.

“The proposals would enable the local authority to secure this amount of housing against their quota — critically without the need to build in the important AONB.

“It would also ensure the unique character of the village is preserved and that there are affordable homes specifically for local people to set foot on the property ladder yet stay close to their families.”

Mr Pacey said the developer was “extremely disappointed and very surprised” to discover the site wasn’t chosen as one of the preferred locations when three of those were in the AONB.

He said the firm was reviewing its options.

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