MP backs fight against overdevelopment in BinfieldBy Hugh Fort
October 12, 2010
Housing campaigners in Binfield have a new ally after the village’s MP declared his support for their battle against overdevelopment.
Windsor MP Adam Afryie, whose constituency includes Binfield, was the special guest at the AGM of the Binfield Village Protection Society on Friday, September 24.
The campaigners are concerned about Bracknell Forest Council’s proposals to build houses on land near to the village.
The council has put forward land at the Blue Mountain Golf Course in Wood Lane as a suitable site for around 900 homes but people in the village are worried about the affect this, together with other nearby developments, will have on the character of the village and traffic.
Around 80 people turned up to the meeting, held at Binfield CE Primary School in Benetfeld Road, and raised a number of concerns about the council’s housing plans.
The council was asked why it felt the need to build 10,780 houses around the borough when the town centre project has come to a standstill, as well as the recession and slowdown in sales in the nearby Jennett’s Park development.
Speaking after the meeting Mr Afryie said: “Insensitive overdevelopment is a huge threat to any area and I have been fighting against it for many years across the constituency.”
People at the meeting were sceptical about the numbers put forward by the council and questioned why it was not looking to convert empty offices.
The council has recently confirmed it is looking at using some business land as a housing option.
Mr Afryie told the crowd he would make sure the council does look at using empty office space and press councillors on the numbers it was putting forward.
He added afterwards: “It was great to meet the Binfield Village Protection Society, who have campaigned tirelessly against the extent of the planning proposals in Binfield
“I will be working with them to get some answers from Bracknell Forest Council and will do what I can to support the wishes of residents.”
Margaret Foster, chairman of the society, added: “It was a very good meeting.
“Mr Afryie did not let us down, he answered every question and would have answered a lot more if we hadn’t run out of time.”