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Wednesday, 17 August 2022
PLANS for a mini
James Smith has applied for retrospective permission for the plot in Wargrave Road, near the A4, where he already keeps a stationary caravan.
The land was historically used as a paddock but
He says he wants a “stable” place to live where the family can access healthcare and education for their children.
The application says: “The proposed site is modest and appropriate in scale.
“Gypsy sites are usually unlikely to be located close to urban settings due to the high cost of land within settlements and the competition for such land but this site is a reasonably good location for a gypsy site.”
They are a well-known
But residents say the land is intended to be used as a paddock and having a large caravan on the site could obscure views of traffic using the nearby roundabout on Bath Road.
The road is also used by pedestrians, including students at the Piggott School.
Jeffrey Dawkins, of Wargrave Road, said: “The land is a paddock, not a housing plot.
“It is so close to the main road that it restricts vision for the hundreds of people crossing the A4 on a daily basis.
“This includes the plethora of youngsters from the Piggott School who choose not to use the footbridge.
“It is amazing that a dwelling could be sited on that dangerous corner.”
Andrew Rzysko, of Carlile Gardens, said: “The change of use would remove another piece of rural/semi-rural land and change it into a residential area.
“Has the council placed a limit on the number of people, vehicles, caravans, buildings (temporary or permanent) that will be allowed on the land or
Linda McNab, from Marlow, said: “The area is part of the green belt and therefore not a housing plot. The caravan has been erected close to the main road and obstructs the vision for everyone crossing the road at this busy roundabout and not using the footbridge.
“The building is not in keeping with the immediate vicinity and any fencing in place has been erected without permission, restricting vision when crossing the road.
“Granting retrospective permission would set a precedent for other areas of green belt in the area to be abused in a similar fashion without due regard and respect to the process.”
Wargrave Parish Council has objected on the grounds that the plans are an “incongruous
It also urged Wokingham Borough Council to take enforcement action to remove the
Chairman Richard Bush said: “It’s very visible — it’s right there when you come to the roundabout.”
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