Park­way named as sta­tion

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS -

EX­TRACTS from a leaked Wok­ing­ham Bor­ough Coun­cil doc­u­ment invit­ing ten­ders to mas­ter­plan roads and other ser­vices for the Rus­combe land next to Twyford have been leaked and dis­trib­uted in the area.

The doc­u­ment also refers to de­vel­op­ing land at Graze­ley and Barkham Square. The idea is to work out if the sites are suit­able for de­vel­op­ment.

All the Rus­combe land is in the green belt. “This presents a ma­jor chal­lenge in terms of jus­ti­fy­ing any green belt re­lease … can a case be made and what are the risks if such an ap­proach were to fail? The art of the pos­si­ble,” says the doc­u­ment.

Other prob­lems in­clude:

Some of the land is in flood zone

Listed build­ings

The rail­way go­ing through parcels of land.

The doc­u­ment says the coun­cil’s lo­cal plan up­date would need to give so­lu­tions to prob­lems so it could form a judge­ment as to what was vi­able:

It was as­sumed a new Twyford by-pass would be needed

The cost of mov­ing Twyford sta­tion.

Costs of a so­lu­tion to bot­tle­neck traf­fic and air qual­ity at Twyford traf­fic lights.

The prob­lems pre­sented con­sid­er­able chal­lenges to any fu­ture vil­lage ex­pan­sion. Imag­i­na­tive, pos­si­bly rad­i­cal so­lu­tions would be needed to com­ply with leg­is­la­tion, says the doc­u­ment.

The Gov­ern­ment re­quires coun­cils to al­lo­cate enough land to meet their hous­ing tar­get. This is likely to be based on around 850-879 homes a year in the bor­ough up to 2036.

More than 260 bor­ough sites have been put for­ward for de­vel­op­ment and the coun­cil is as­sess­ing these into early next year with ex­perts’ and res­i­dents’ in­put. They say no de­ci­sions have been made about which sites should be de­vel­oped.

Next year the coun­cil will pub­lish their pre­ferred op­tions for which sites should be de­vel­oped and will in­clude de­tails about roads and ser­vices. The pub­lic will then be asked for their views and a draft Lo­cal Plan will be pro­duced.

Be­fore the Lo­cal Plan can be adopted and be­come legally en­force­able, it will be as­sessed in a pub­lic ex­am­i­na­tion by a Gov­ern­ment plan­ning in­spec­tor. The ap­proved plan will set out how and where land can be de­vel­oped.

Email LPU@wok­ing­ uk to be con­sulted about the pre­ferred op­tions

Cllr John Hal­sall is back­ing the cam­paign

War­grave, Rus­combe and Re­men­ham

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