Local MP Alok Sharma, joined constituents at the Eastern Area Planning meeting on 15th December, which rejected Bellway Homes’s planning application to build 74 homes on the Underwood Road site in Calcot.
Alok commented: “This is a victory for common sense and I applaud the planning committee at West Berkshire Council for giving an early Christmas present to all local residents by rejecting this application. The local residents’ campaign group, who have worked so hard to present the case on behalf of the local community, deserve special thanks. I objected to this planning application on the grounds that the planned development would be completely out of keeping with the surrounding area and too dominant, at up to 4 storeys high, and dense and this has clearly been recognised by the planning committee.”
Alok added: “Reference was made by members of the planning committee to emerging national planning policy under the Coalition Government and this is going to be absolutely key. Localism is at the heart of the Government’s agenda and the Localism Bill, which has started its passage through Parliament, has the underlying principle of delivering a radical shift in power from the central state to citizens and local communities. The Bill will radically reform the planning system to give local people new rights to shape the development of the communities in which they live, which is going to be very good news for all those who want a balance in development going forward.”