An emphatic ‘no’ to more homes near Crowthorne
December 22, 2010
More than 90 per cent of people surveyed after a series of public exhibitions in Crowthorne have said “no” to housing plans in the area.
The Crowthorne Village Action Group (CVAG) held an exit poll after two public exhibitions in the village showcasing Bracknell Forest Council’s plans for 1,000 homes on the disused TRL site in Old Wokingham Road and 300 homes on land at Broadmoor Hospital.
The group received 403 responses of which less than two per cent thought building on the TRL would be good for the village.
And only three per cent thought the Broadmoor development was a good idea.
For both, more than 90 per cent of people thought the local infrastructure was unable to cope with the new housing.
The group decided to carry out the poll as it wanted its indication of local feeling rather than the answers in the council’s ongoing consultation.
CVAG member Andy Holley said: “These results confirm that the residents of Crowthorne do not want these massive developments and that they aren’t sustainable within the village of Crowthorne, even with the proposed improvements in infrastructure.”
Crowthorne Parish Council has also voiced its opposition to the developments saying Bracknell’s housing plans combined with a similar plan for 2,500 homes across the border in Wokingham would have a serious effect on traffic.
In a statement, the parish council has called for a “definitive and combined plan on traffic movements from all the development sites” to be modelled between both Bracknell and Wokingham Borough Council before any decisions were made.
The council’s public consultation finishes on Monday, January 17.