By Laura Herbert
December 01, 2011
Controversial plans to build thousands of new homes in the borough were given the go-ahead by councillors last night.
Campaigners waived placards and banners outside Bracknell Forest Council offices urging councillors to vote against the plans.
Members of the Northern Arc Action Group (NAAG), the Binfield Village Protection Society (BVPS) and Crowthorne Village Action Group (CVAG) joined forces to produce a “Residents’ Charter” aiming to force Bracknell Forest Council to go back to the drawing board.
The council’s executive gave the go-ahead to a public consultation into its Site Allocations Development Plan Document (SADPD) on Tuesday, November 15, and the people taking part will now only be able to object on matters of planning soundness, rather than on principle.
The plans propose huge increases in housing around Binfield, Warfield and Crowthorne, and the groups have always argued that it should be more spread out.
The document proposes 1,000 homes on the old Transport Research Laboratory Site in Lower Wokingham Road, Crowthorne, 400 homes on the Blue Mountain Golf Course site in Wood Lane, Binfield, 400 homes at Amen Corner in Binfield and 2,200 homes on land near Cabbage Hill in Warfield.
It also proposes smaller pockets of development on empty business sites, but the campaigners feel more should have been done.
The SADPD suggests where housing could go to make sure the council builds 10,780 homes from 2006-2026 as agreed in its Core Strategy Vision.
Some of homes have already been built in the borough or been granted planning permission.
The plans will now be submitted to the Secretary of State for examination by an independent inspector, although six councillors voted against the decision.