A special meeting of Earley Town Council's planning committee was held on Friday 18th February.
Approximately 116 residents turned up at the Radstock Community Centre main hall to voice their concerns about the University of Reading's application to build 99 dwellings on the site.
Liberal Democrat councillor for the Radstock Ward, Steve Scarrott, spoke out loud and clear against the proposal, stating that Earley has experienced massive expansion and a development of this size will place further strain on the road system and local schools. He said that at a previous meeting last year the University had tried to lead a charm offensive on the Town Council but his previous experiences of dealing with them gave him with little confidence that they will listen to local opinion.
He made it clear that he is behind the residents in their fight to stop such a development on the site and advised residents to firstly write to Wokingham Borough Council stating their objections and when the application is heard at the Borough Council offices to go along to the Development Control meeting, the date of which is not yet known.
The committee voted unanimously to reject the application and the committee's decision will be sent to the borough Council.
Steve was not eligible to cast a vote as he is not a member of the Planning Committee. He will, however, attend the Development Control meeting in Wokingham.
If you would like to discuss this, or have an unrelated issue, please contact Steve as follows;
by email on Steve@EarleyLibDems.Org or by telephone on 0118 962 0131