Level planning field

This wasteland which used to be 11 gardens with a business premises at the far end, is a good example the need to reform planning laws.

The area is at the back of houses in Wolsey Road Caversham where 54 retirement homes are planned. For around seven or eight years it has been empty, following a planning wrangle and then the bottom falling out of the market.

Now developer McCarthy Stone wants tough eco measures relaxed slightly so it has a better chance of selling the flats.

But if this had been out of town this series of delays would not convenience anyone. Here, on prime Caversham land, it is a complete waste. When built it will mean the loss of more open space and obviously more traffic.

The Green Belt rather than improving our lives, is a green noose, leaving towns crammed full of cars, homes and other buildings, overstretching infrastructure like water supplies.

And of course leaving us stuck for years with areas that are not used at all while the planning process drags on.

 

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About Alan Bunce

Freelance journalist Former Community Editor with the Reading Post. Former Business Editor with the Reading Chronicle.
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