Public hearings into housing sites held next monthBy Julie Spencer
October 24, 2012
Public hearings about the locations of thousands of proposed new homes in Bracknell will take place next month.
Planning inspector Michael Hetherington will run two groups of hearings into Bracknell Forest Council’s Draft Submission Site Allocations Development Plan Document (SADPD).
The document pinpoints areas in the borough where the council proposes to allow new housing.
The four main areas, which could see a total of 2,070 new properties, are Broadmoor in Crowthorne, the former TRL site in Crowthorne, land north of Amen Corner, Binfield, and land at Blue Mountain Golf Course in Binfield.
Only people who have already made representations to the council about the plans will be allowed to speak at the hearings at The Hilton Hotel in Bracknell.
The first sessions, which will cover general matters, are on Wednesday, November 7, and Thursday, November 8.
The second hearing, to cover site-specific issues, will take place between Tuesday, December 11, and Friday, December 14.
Cllr Marc Brunel-Walker, executive member for economic development and regeneration, said: “We welcome the inspector’s visits to Bracknell and we look forward to receiving his constructive feedback.
“The revised version of the SADPD is a very important element in delivering new homes and communities to meet the borough’s needs to the year 2026.
“The documents have now been submitted to the secretary of state and, following the examination, we expect to get his report early next year, and for the final report to be submitted to the council for adoption by spring.”
The hearings are open to the public.
Land at the former TRL site and Broadmoor will be discussed on December 11; land at Blue Mountain Golf Course and other smaller sites will be discussed on December 12; Warfield and Amen Corner on December 13; and any sites that landowners and developers want to be included will be discussed on December 14.