65,500, to be precise. Amusingly close to 2^17 !
“West Berkshire District Council have prepared a Housing Site Allocations Development Plan Document and it is currently being independently examined by a Planning Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State.
West Berks are seeking comments on the proposed Main Modifications and representations on the accompanying Sustainability Appraisal/Strategic Environmental Assessment Report and Habitats Regulations Assessment with addenda where they relate to the Main Modifications.
All information about it is at:
We are constantly being told that Britain needs more houses. Whether we agree or not is immaterial. More houses there will be, and Burghfield will be allotted its share. In fact developments are being proposed all the time for the Burghfield area. We have seen proposals for example for Firlands, Mans Hill, behind the Hollies Nursing home and by Cayhill Road, and recently for 17,000 homes to the east of us at Grazeley. At the moment it is a free-for-all for developers. West Berkshire Council assesses planning applications after consulting the Parish Council but with minimum input from local residents. Each application is considered independently of the others, with no coherent plan for development in our area.
Once it is prepared, it has to be approved by the Parish Council, The District Council and then YOU, the Community by a vote. ONLY THEN can it be enforced.
The NDP Steering Group of unpaid local volunteers has been formed to create the NDP on behalf of the Community, but we don’t know exactly what the community as a whole wants. So there will be a number of questionnaires, exhibition stalls and public meetings to determine this. Please contribute.
It’s YOUR Burghfield now and it’s YOUR Burghfield future.
The NDP Steering Group currently meets every fortnight and Agendas and Minutes of these meetings will appear here. The meetings are open to all local residents.
On May 8th the highly popular May Fayre took place at the Hatch, in beautiful sunny conditions.
The NDP steering group exchanged with the local community about what NDP-related topics people feel most strongly about.
A number of paper boards, one per theme, were set up, and passers by were invited to post comments on them.