Cllrs meet with hous­ing min­is­ter

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS -

TWO mem­bers of Wok­ing­ham bor­ough’s rul­ing ex­ec­u­tive met with the hous­ing min­is­ter last month to air their con­cerns and frus­tra­tions over de­vel­op­ment in the bor­ough.

Deputy leader Cllr David Lee and Ex­ec­u­tive Mem­ber for Plan­ning and En­force­ment, Cllr Si­mon Weeks, met with Read­ing West MP Alok Sharma – the Min­is­ter of State for Hous­ing and Plan­ning, Alok Sharma MP – and Brack­nell MP Dr Phillip Lee, whose con­stituency in­cludes Fin­champ­stead.

Cllr Lee claimed: “Many de­vel­op­ers are hoard­ing land in Wok­ing­ham Bor­ough and mak­ing houses more ex­pen­sive.

“The Bor­ough is also at risk from de­vel­op­ers spec­u­lat­ing on sites in lo­ca­tions un­suit­able for hous­ing.”

In the meet­ing, the two coun­cil­lors said that they out­lined these fears. The Coun­cil said it is now call­ing on the Gov­ern­ment to change the law now to pre­vent de­vel­op­ers from in­flat­ing lo­cal hous­ing need for their own ben­e­fit.

Cllr Lee said: “As a Coun­cil, we have ap­proved some 13,000 houses which the de­vel­op­ers are sim­ply not build­ing.

“We want to pro­vide more hous­ing, par­tic­u­larly af­ford­able homes for our res­i­dents, but what these de­vel­op­ers are do­ing is mak­ing houses more and more ex­pen­sive.

“The Min­is­ter has taken on board these con­cerns, and I will be meet­ing with him again next month.”

Dr Phillip Lee MP said: “Wok­ing­ham Bor­ough Coun­cil are un­der­stand­ably very con­cerned about in­ap­pro­pri­ate plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions in the lo­cal area, and so I am glad they had the op­por­tu­nity to put their case in per­son to the Min­is­ter for Hous­ing and Plan­ning.

“I look for­ward to his re­sponse.”

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