Residents of Hurst set to call on over 200 house plans for the village – Wokingham.Today
Hundreds of residents are preparing for the second part of their battle to prevent the construction of 200 houses on a green lot.
The site is currently home to horses and ponies.
Tonight (Thursday 3 November) protest groups are meeting to plan the next part of their campaign to stop the estate being built in Hurst between Tape Lane and Lodge Road, the B3030 Winnersh to Twyford Road.
Over the summer Wokingham Borough Council refused permission to build houses. They said the plan would create: “a new large unplanned housing estate on a pristine site in the countryside outside the settlement boundaries. It would be significantly out of scale with [the] small neighboring village of Hurst.
The claimants, Mactaggart & Mickel, have just revealed that they are appealing the council’s refusal.
Hurst Parish Council President Councilor Wayne Smith said the Say No! The team, which includes members of the Hurst Village Society, the Protect Hurst Action Group and the Parish Council, is to discuss their approach and next steps.
“We will call on residents to support our campaign and help us bring our objections to life. Please contact me with any questions or if you would like to join the ‘Say No’ team,” he said.
Residents and others who commented on the homes planning application should have heard the inquiry into the appeal yesterday (2 November). They will have been told that these comments will be sent to the investigating inspector.
“We have until November 30 to add further information to strengthen our position,” added Advisor Smith.
Hurst Village Society states on its website: “All current information available can be found on the HVS website, but WATCH THIS AREA – YOUR VILLAGE NEEDS YOU!!”
The date set for the government planning inspector to start hearing arguments from both sides has been set for January 31 next year at 10 a.m. At this time, the inquest is expected to last eight days. A location will be announced.
The appeal decision is expected no later than April 3 next year.
A free booklet, Guide to taking part in survey-based planning calls, is available from the council or by visiting https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/taking-part-in-a-planning-listed-building -or-the-application-of-the-call