MATT RODDA GIVES COMMENT ON THE EMMER GREEN PLANNING APPLICATION
READING EAST MP Matt Rodda today thanked the Planning Committee at South Oxfordshire District Council in their decision to reject the planning application by Gladman Developments which comprised of 245 residential dwellings at land off Peppard Road in Emmer Green.
In addition to the Planning Committee receiving over 300 letters of objection from residents, Matt submitted an detailed letter to Mr Alok Sharma MP, the Housing and Planning Minister. In his letter, Matt appealed to Mr Sharma to call in the application in order to safeguard the interests of local residents and also preserve the integrity of the local plans of the two local authorities.
Referring to last night's decision by the Planning Committee, Matt said:
“I am thankful to South Oxfordshire District Council for listening to our concerns. Their decision against this boundary development supports Reading's plans for town centre regeneration and preserves the greenfield areas which form part of the edge of our town.
The application submitted by Gladman Developments was contrary to the draft Reading local plan, which identifies sufficient brownfield land to provide projected housing demand within Reading until 2036. Had the application been permitted, the future development of Reading could have been altered for good, which would have lead to more suburban sprawl and which would have stopped urban regeneration in its tracks. This could have damaged the redevelopment of the town, harming residents, public services and businesses. I hope that work can now progress to look at using the existing brownfield sites we have here in Reading to facilitate the housing need in the area.”