Monday, 18 December 2017

Mobile homes refused

PLANS to provide mobile homes for workers at a Wargrave fruit farm have been refused.

PLANS to provide mobile homes for workers at a Wargrave fruit farm have been refused.

W R Bennett wanted to have four three-bedroom mobile homes at Sheeplands Farm in Wargrave Road.

The farm already has accommodation for workers, including caravans and cottages, but the mobile homes would provide accommodation “better suited to staff employed in supervisory and middle management positions”.

The application said: “Such provision is crucially important to the efficient and sustainable farming operation at Sheeplands Farm, which is heavily reliant on the employment and retention of experienced and committed workers.”

Wokingham Borough Council said the mobile homes would be inappropriate in a green belt area and would result in a loss of green space between Wargrave and Twyford.



It said: “The proposed development would result in an urbanising and domesticating encroachment into the green belt, an erosion of the gap between two individual settlements and a detrimental impact on the openness of the green belt.”

Meanwhile, a man has re-applied for permission to build a new two-storey home on stilts in place of a bungalow in Loddon Drive, Wargrave.

Andrew Hughes-Hallett was given consent in December 2011 but has had to re-apply after failing to build the property in time.



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