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News Item: Oct 2014

Two applications were considered by the BFBC Planning Committee Meeting in August. Minutes of this meeting are now available. The Head of Development Management was delegated to approve subject satisfactory agreement with the applicant.

Ref. No: 12/00993/OUT

Outline application for the development of approximately 30 hectares of land at Amen Corner to provide 550 dwellings; a neighbourhood centre of up to 2,500 sq. metres; a new primary school and playing fields with access from Beehive Road; the construction of a new road between London Road and Cain Road; the construction of new junctions with the existing local road network at London Road, North View, South View and Beehive Road to provide vehicular access to the site; the creation of new accesses to the Coppid Beech Hotel/Ski Centre from the site together with replacement car parking spaces and the reconfiguration of existing car parks; the provision of associated public open space; children's play areas; Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace; Sustainable Drainage systems; internal roads, paths, car parking and landscaping.

Ref. No: 14/00315/OUT

Outline planning application for up to 380 residential units, a 1 form entry primary school and associated accesses, open space, landscaping and Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace.

BVPS have previously addressed the Amen Corner North Plan when it was included in the BFBC Sites Allocation Document, making some important points about the erosion of the countryside, important community resources such as schools, nurseries, surgeries and other infrastructure requirements but third party comments from the community to the Inspector were ignored. BVPS have campaigned for decades to retain a green gap between Wokingham and Bracknell - the Amen Corner Developments when they go ahead will substantially erode this gap. Local residents considered traffic to be a major concern. A Senior Planner confirmed that Developers (!) had carried out a traffic analysis. He conceded that it was inevitable that traffic would sometimes move more slowly and noted that it would be prohibitively expensive to bring traffic out on to Berkshire Way.

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