Friday, 18 August 2017

Fears of traffic chaos from new homes plan

NEW homes in Charvil would cause more traffic problems on already congested roads, say parish councillors.

NEW homes in Charvil would cause more traffic problems on already congested roads, say parish councillors.

Developer John Hicks wants to build 25 detached houses on land west of Park Lane, each with up to five bedrooms, a garage and garden.

Charvil Parish Council has recommended that his planning application is refused by Wokingham Borough Council, saying the development would be unsustainable.

It said the houses would be more than 800m away from key services such as a bus station or places of work, meaning most residents would need to drive.

Neighbours have criticised the plans, saying the development could endanger children at Charvil Piggott Primary School in Park Lane and that it would remove the green space “barrier” between Charvil and Woodley. The council stated: “The roads around the site are designed for the semi-rural nature of Charvil and a predicted extra 50 cars on these roads each day would add to the pollution, noise and disturbance on already overcrowded roads.



“The school has a policy to encourage as many families as possible to walk or cycle but it is still estimated that there would be up to 75 extra vehicles accessing Park Lane at peak times. This development would exacerbate these traffic issues unnecessarily.”

Councillors also objected due to the risk of disturbance to the wildlife and the loss of green space.

In 2013, an identical application was refused by Wokingham Borough Council.

The council will decide Mr Hicks’ latest application later this month.

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