Saturday, 28 November 2020

Plans for 25 homes on field rejected for second time

PLANS to build homes on a field in Charvil have been refused for a second time.

PLANS to build homes on a field in Charvil have been refused for a second time.

Hicks Developments applied to build 25 houses on land west of Park Lane, each with up to five bedrooms, a garage and garden.

But Wokingham Borough Council said the application was “unacceptable” as it didn’t make enough provision for local infrastructure or affordable housing.

It also said the development could increase the risk of flooding on the site and it would “urbanise” the countryside as the site was outside the permitted boundary.

The council refused an identical application in 2013. Charvil Parish Council had recommended the application was refused, saying the development would be unsustainable as 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.

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.”

Neighbours also criticised the plans, saying the extra traffic would put children at Charvil Piggott Primary School in Park Lane at risk and that the green space “barrier” between Charvil and Woodley would vanish.

John Hicks, of Hicks Developments, of Woodley, had defended the plans.

He said: “In ecological and traffic generation terms, the scheme will have no negative impacts. The development proposed is sustainable in terms of its location and scale.

“ It will contribute positively to the supply of housing in a borough where current supply is inadequate and has been carefully designed to avoid harm and provide an excellent place to live.”

In its decision notice, the borough council said: “The proposed development is located outside of settlement limits and is unacceptable in  principle.

“The introduction of significantly built form and loss of existing landscape would make the countryside appear substantially more urbanised and unacceptably erode its rural verdant character.”

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