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Wokingham Conservatives plan a new 15000 homes development in Grazeley

October 25, 2016 10:15 PM
By Wokingham Liberal Democrats


GrazeleySecret plans to build an extra 15,000 new houses in Grazeley have been drawn-up by local Conservative and Labour party chiefs.
The aim - to impose a massive development stretching from the borders of Spencers Wood all the way to Mortimer.
It would destroy a large swathe of countryside and "dump" an additional 35,000 people on the area.
The bombshell proposals have been drawn up in strict secrecy by a group comprising of senior Conservatives from Wokingham and West Berkshire councils together with Labour-controlled Reading Borough.
Also backing the move are Wokingham's Tory MP John Redwood and the Engelfield Estate controlled by Newbury's Conservative MP Richard Benyon.
It would mean creating a colossal building site roughly one and half times the size of the Lower Earley development … which was, during its construction in the 1980-90's, the largest housing development in Western Europe.
Details of the shock scheme have been revealed by Wokingham Liberal Democrat Councillor Clive Jones who warns: "All the green space between Reading, Burghfield and Mortimer will disappear under these plans."
Mr Jones, also his party's local parliamentary spokesman, accused the three councils, the MPs plus major developers of attempting to deliberately conceal this huge project from the public.
"I am amazed that they've tried to do this secretly and behind the backs of local people, the very people on whom the scheme will have a massive direct impact."
Fears about the far-reaching consequences of the secret proposals have also alarmed Councillor Lindsay Ferris, the leader of the Lib Dem group on Wokingham Borough Council.
" Back in the late 1990's Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott forced Wokingham to consider the development of over 20,000 houses in the Shinfield/Grazeley area. Back then the Conservatives campaigned against the development. Now they are planning to build all over this area, what hypocrisy. Do we really need to be having so much new development in the Borough.
"Our existing road network won't be able to cope," predicted Cllr. Ferris.
"This kind of development cannot happen without proper investment in infrastructure and massive improvements to what we already have.
"This shows a total lack of respect for local residents … is this how local democracy should work?"asked Clive Jones.