At an Executive meeting at Wokingham Borough Council on Thursday 25th June, Wokingham Tories confirmed their support for building no more than 3,500 houses in Arborfield Garrison. If their plans go ahead, it means that three other development sites in the borough will have to take a much higher number of houses and would put enormous pressure on the borough’s roads, schools, GP surgeries, and water supply.
The Tories criticised the Liberal Democrat plan for a settlement of 5,000 houses in Arborfield, although this plan would create a proper community with all the amenities residents want, such as schools, shops, proper public transport links, recreation spaces, and ample parking space. It even provides for allotments, as well as plenty of room for gardens.
Following the meeting, Councillor Prue Bray (Leader of the Lib Dem Councillor Group and Councillor for Winnersh ward) said, “We believe the Arborfield Garrison site could support at least 5,000 houses. They would not have to be built at any greater density than sites that are being developed at the moment, but we could make sure that they get all the facilities they need.
“But under the Tory plan, they’re having to cram 1,500 extra houses into Wokingham town instead of Arborfield, which will put huge pressure on our already congested roads, and all the other services.
“Wokingham borough residents have told the Council they don’t want yet more housing development in our towns, they want properly planned settlements. Wokingham Tories should stop ignoring what people want and start listening to them.”