Many of us in Wokingham are in two minds about new homes. We want more people to own their own home and we want people to have the opportunity to buy a new homes to a modern design. We also wish to keep our countryside, protect our natural environment, and avoid over stretching local facilities.
The Council has decided the best way to achieve these two main aims is to allow building in a few concentrated locations, where schools, surgeries and roadspace can be made available and where the incursions into our countryside are limited.
Nationwide the new building rate has risen in recent years. In 2012 it was 103,739 new homes started. Last year it went up to 122,691. In Wokingham 327 were started in 2012, and last year 338 were started. Wokingham is adding more homes than the average of constituencies around the country, so we are contributing generously to the national housing drive. Indeed, the Council should remember when considering future plans that in 2012 twice as many homes were started in Wokingham as in the average constituency, so we are more than doing our bit.