Matt Rodda Member of Parliament for Reading East
Matt Rodda MP has issued a statement on the decision to refuse Gladman’s appeal to build 245 houses on land off Peppard Road.
He said –
“I welcome the decision, and I thank KEG and CAGE for their work on this issue. I’m also really impressed by the co-operation of Reading Borough Councillors and SODC throughout this enquiry.
I am delighted with the inspector’s decision to refuse this appeal. The planning application from Gladman would have harmed our community if it had been approved. It would have led to a significant increase in traffic and the loss of precious green space. It would also have put more pressure on local services such as Emmer Green Surgery and local schools.
I am calling for house building to take place on brownfield sites, of which there are plenty in Reading, and for developers to help provide more starter homes as well as providing local services for new residents.
Indeed, Reading Borough Council’s local plan also calls for development on brownfield and it points out that there is enough brownfield land in the borough to provide almost all the housing which is expected to be needed until 2036. Much of this land is near Reading Station, or the town centre.
We need to keep pushing towards this outcome to keep our town green, and to keep its residents’ quality of life high.”