Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Council’s ‘no’ to sites for homes

WARGRAVE Parish Council has opposed potential development of eight plots of land in the parish.

The sites are among 200 included in Wokingham Borough Council’s draft local plan, which proposes where new housing, business and leisure developments should go over the next 20 years.

They include the Hare Hatch Sheeplands and Hare Hatch garden centres and two pieces of land at the Primrose Nursery in London Road. There is also a plot to the south of Bath Road, one at the junction of Bath Road and Wargrave Road and others at the eastern end of the Old House in Milley Lane, Hare Hatch, and Bear Cottage on the same road.

The parish council’s official response says: “Wargrave’s historical importance as a continually occupied settlement for almost a millennium justifies the protection of robust planning policy, including green belt, to defend against being subsumed into an ever-expanding urban amalgamation.

“Any negative comments against the submission of sites for development may be construed as inappropriate nimbyism.

“However, when dealing with matters that directly affect the everyday lives of the existing community as well as future generations, Wargrave Parish Council feels strongly that parochial representations are appropriate as they originate from a firm foundation.”

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