Local residents and Liberal Democrats are celebrating success on a key campaigning issue in Woodley.
A government appointed planning inspector has recently told the developer of eight houses in Lytham Road that he must build the pedestrian crossing that was a condition of the original planning permission to build the houses.
The planning condition stated that the pedestrian crossing should be installed by the developer before any of the houses were occupied. This was not enforced by Wokingham Borough Council and the developer went ahead and sold the houses anyway. Once the houses were partially occupied the developer then applied to have the condition to install the crossing removed. This application was refused by Wokingham Borough and the developer appealed against the council’s decision.
Jenny Lissaman, Lib Dem Borough Councillor for Bulmershe and Whitegates said, “I am pleased that the inspector agreed with local residents and the Lib Dems that this pedestrian crossing is essential to provide a safe crossing point for the new and existing residents”. She went on to say “This decision by the government inspector should be the end of a long campaign by local Lib Dem borough and town councillors to ensure that the developer meets his commitment, but I won’t relax until the crossing is actually in place”.
Phil Challis, Lib Dem chair of Woodley Town Council Plans Committee said, “I have been concerned for some time that conditions attached to planning permissions are not being enforced, so I am pleased that this pedestrian crossing has the support of the inspector. The Lib Dems will be checking to make sure the council enforces the condition to build the new pedestrian crossing as soon as possible; Woodley has waited long enough!