Council bosses promise no additional homes will be added to borough's housing planBy Jennie Slevin
February 13, 2013
Councillors promise no additional homes will be added to controversial plans for 10,780 houses as neighbours are given a second chance to have their say.
A six-week consultation is now under way, after Bracknell Forest Council was told to make changes by a Government planning inspector.
Last summer the council submitted its Site Allocations Development Plan Document (SADPD), which outlines plans to build thousands of houses across the borough by 2026, and in November a planning inspector considered objections at a number of public hearings.
Following the hearings the council was given the chance to make amendments to the document, including additional land being added to the plans, which councillors say will provide stronger options for development.
Some neighbours voiced concerns that the introduction of new land will mean more homes will end up being built.
Nigel Rennie, of the Northern Arc Action Group, said: “At submission, six years of the plan period had already passed, new homes were required between 2006 and 2026.
“Account therefore needs to be taken of the homes already built as well as those planned since, all of which will contribute to meeting the requirement.”
But Councillor Marc Brunel-Walker, executive member for economic development and regeneration, said: “It does not mean one single house more – and I promise this is the case.
“The only reason we have added more sites is to spread the load to ensure we can build the number of houses we need.
“There will still only be 10,780 homes built.”
The additional land includes Binfield Nursery, which will provide space for 33 homes; Downside, Wildridings Way where 18 homes will be built; and Dukes Ride, Crowthorne, for 23 houses.
The changes also show 120 homes will be built near Alford Close, Sandhurst, and an extension has been made to Eastern Road, where 432 homes will now be built.
Provisions have also been made to build 20 homes in Wood Lane, Binfield, but this will only happen if councillors agree to develop the Blue Mountain Golf Centre.
The changes also create clear boundaries between areas of major development, such as land at Broadmoor in Crowthorne and Amen Corner, Binfield, in the hopes that the areas within Bracknell Forest will remain separate.
The consultation will be open until Tuesday, March 19, for members of the public to have their say on the changes.
Cllr Brunel-Walker said: “The six-week consultation is now underway.
“From my perspective I want as many people from Bracknell Forest to comment.
“It will impact our whole community wherever we live and so it’s important that everyone has their say.
“This is about shaping the area we all live in and I look forward to seeing the feedback.”
To view and comment on the changes go to http://consult.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/portal or call the planning team on (01344) 352 000.