My recent visits to Arborfield have underlined village opposition to large scale development on greenfields outside the MOD brownfields.
The Council’s Core Strategy which identifies Arborfield as a location for substantial new development is the Council’s response to Labour government requirements to build extra houses.
The Conservatives have stated that if elected to government they will abolish regional planning quangos and the regional housing targets that require Wokingham to build on this scale. The Council would under these proposals be free to draw up a new local plan with less development in it. I would urge them to draw up such a plan keeping the sensitive greenfields adjacent to the existing settlement free of new building, and to take into account transport and flooding constraints on housing numbers. They would be free to do this for any land where planning permission had not yet been granted under the existing government targets and plans.
Promoted by Christine Hill on behalf of John Redwood, both of 30 Rose Street Wokingham RG40 1XU