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2017-01-23 Redevelopment of Reading FC training ground at Hogwood Park

The attached Development Watch note has links to a Design and Access Statement for development of 140 houses at the Reading Football Club training ground at Hogwood Park. This is outside the settlement area and thus contrary to the Core Strategy adopted in 2010. Given that the Local Plan Update is in progress and the Neighbourhood Plan too, they should just wait, as is expected of everyone else.

Whilst it is on the outskirts of (but within) Barkham Parish, it is a dangerous precedent for development of other sites outside the settlement boundary. If Wokingham Borough Council (WBC) give in on this, it is tantamount to scrapping the whole local plan process.

Details of how to comment to WBC, together with suggested issues to consider are in the attached note, although residents will have their own views and should avoid wholesale cutting and pasting so that their comments are individual.

Regards
Barkham Development Watch

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