Reading West MP Alok Sharma has welcomed the decision by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and the Planning Inspector to reject Blue Living’s application to build 750 homes and commercial space on the Pincents Hill site. Alok has campaigned since 2008, together with the Save Calcot Action Group (SCAG) and local councillors Joe Mooney, Tony Linden and Emma Webster, to stop any development on Pincents Hill.
Alok said: “This is absolutely the right decision and a clear victory for localism. I want to pay tribute to all the local residents, especially the Chairman of SCAG Joan Lawrie, who have worked so hard and with such great determination to fight off Blue Living’s unwelcome development plans. Quite simply this was the wrong development in the wrong place and I hope this puts an end to any plans, by anyone to build on Pincents Hill.”
Photo: Alok Sharma supporting SCAG members Julia Gentle Kylie Toms and Barry Ferguson at the June 2011 Tilehurst Hospital Show