Frustrations over development plans for parts of Woodley Airfield
RESIDENTS have expressed their dissatisfaction with the redevelopment plans for parts of the Woodley airfield site.
A planning request was recently submitted to Wokingham Borough Council, detailing plans to demolish the Adwest site, on Headley Road East, Woodley, and replace the site with new industrial buildings.
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Part of this site is an art deco building dating from the 1930s, which had links to the Miles Aircraft Company. It was also home to the Miles Martin Pen Company, the first factory in the UK to create ballpoint pens.
Other concerns included larger industrial buildings backing onto housing, light pollution, additional traffic problems and noise pollution.
One resident wrote, commenting on the latest planning request: âI strongly oppose any further erasure of Woodley’s legacy.
“This building is so important to keep, at least the facade, surely we don’t need industrial units for any use anymore after building so many houses. This building has such a wonderful architectural look – why demolish it just to replace it with ugly boxes?
âI think we should use the area as an educational area for more of our young people to develop a sense of pride in our lovely town. Woodley has already lost so much of his identity, this could be a great opportunity to do a beautiful building so much more. ”
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A poll launched on Facebook, asking residents if they thought the site should be redeveloped, found that 78 votes wanted the current site preserved, compared to five in favor of the development plans.
The public consultation on the app ends on October 29. Visit planning.wokingham.gov.uk/FastWebPL/detail.asp?AltRef=213106&ApplicationNumber=213106 for more details and to write a comment.