Great Hollands councillors lose fight to keep treesBy Hugh Fort
September 26, 2012
Great Hollands councillors have failed in their fight to stop willow trees being ripped out between between established homes and the Jennett's Park estate - but new trees will be planted nearby.
They claim losing the trees will ruin the ‘countryside’ feel of the area along Ringmead in Bracknell and turn it into an urban sprawl.
However, members of Bracknell Forest Council's planning committee said the trees had to go as they approved the latest round of building work at Jennett's Park.
The plans from developers fevelopers Redrow Homes and Persimmmon Homes for 59 new homes at the estate included removing the line of willow trees along Ringmead, opposite Waverley and Viking at the closest point between the estates.
At a meeting on Thursday, Steve Caldwell, from the developers, confirmed more trees would be planted to replace those being removed.
Before the meeting, councillor Mary Temperton spent a day knocking on doors in Great Hollands last week and said those in the affected streets were ‘frustrated’ that did not know of the plans.
She said that both her and her fellow Great Hollands councillor Michael Gbadebo had been working hard to persuade the planning committee to keep the trees.
She said: “For the people of Waverley used to living on the outside of an estate it will mean they are living in the middle of a huge estate.
“This is not what we are used to and will leave a huge hole in the area. Even it was only a perception we did feel we were living in the countryside. And fantastically for self-seeded trees, they are in a line and equidistant apart so we think they were planted.
“I think that those moving in would like to see some nice, mature trees.”
The councillors were supported by the Rev Michael Bentley, who lives in Great Hollands, and is chairman of the Bracknell Forest Society.
In a letter to planners he said: “Now that more and more houses are being erected near us it is more important than ever that these trees should remain; a number of small bushes planted in their place would be not acceptable to us.”
However, at the meeting, Cllr David Worrall said: "The trees are in the wrong place; they are going to have to come out from a practical point of view - they're above a sewer."
After the meeting Rev Bentley, who spoke at the meeting, said: "We're obviously disappointed with the outcome.
"However, I am very encouraged by the sympathy so many of the councillors showed to our situation."