Parkway named as station
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
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@wokingham.gov. uk to be consulted about the preferred options
Wargrave, Ruscombe and Remenham