Councillors were due to meet last night (Wednesday) to discuss the development of 75 new homes to be built on Coley Farm, just off Stoney Lane.
Cold Ash Parish Council have long believed that these new houses are unsustainable and even after assurances from developer Donnington New Homes – that drainage would be improved, and roads made safer – they are not ready to give up fighting.
Councillor Bernard Clark said that these new houses would add “130 cars, by my maths, to the small site. We are very much against the development”.
Ahead of the meeting Mr Clark said both he and Councillor Garth Simpson would be making statements about why this is the wrong site to be developed.
Last year the site was identified as one of West Berkshire Council’s preferred sites for housing in its Housing Site Allocations Development Plan Document (DPD).
The plans propose access from Stoney Lane, part of which the developer says would be widened, as well as the creation of a wildflower meadow and a local play area.
However the Parish Council have argued that there needs to be more time for a plan which takes into account congestion on all roads in and out of the area.
“We developed a design statement” said Mr Clark about the parish council, “it shows that we could add about 100 new houses into the area, in small pockets and over time.”
Established over 10 years ago Mr Clark said: “The design statement shows a way to sustainably develop the area to meet the targets of the government and expand the housing market.”
The planning meeting will listen to all of the statements from both sides.
“I hope that councillors, who have made the visit to the site, will see that it is not the right place for these particular houses.” Mr Clark continued: “I am confident that they love the countryside as much as I do.”
Donnington New Homes continue to advertise the land on its website – under ‘future development’.