Wokingham Liberal Democrats demand Fair targets for NEW housing numbers.
"It's time the Conservative government changed the way it calculates local housing needs and the way they calculate the number of new houses that they force onto local councils.
"Wokingham borough is expected to allow developers to build almost 16,000 NEW houses in the next 20 years. This is on top of the 11,000 houses that have already been built by developers in the last 15 years.
"16,000 New houses in the next 20 years just is not fair", says Cllr Clive Jones, Leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Wokingham Borough Council.
He continued “Councils who have worked with developers to deliver high numbers of new homes in the last 15 years should not be expected to do the same again in the next 20 years”..
At the 12th of November Executive Meeting that approved the draft Local Plan update, Cllr Halsall, Conservative Leader of Wokingham Borough Council said there was no point local residents raising petitions against any development because the Conservatives would not be taking them into consideration..
"This is very undemocratic and its wrong for the Council Leader to take this attitude. Local residents are entitled to express their opinions and take what action they feel is appropriate to support their areas.
“Local Lib Dems have decided to petition the Secretary of State for levelling up, housing and communities to lobby them to reduce our numbers in Wokingham.
"We need as many Wokingham residents as possible to sign our petition. It can be completed online at https://www.wokinghamlibdems.org.uk/housing , says Cllr Jones.
In addition, local Liberal Democrats will be delivering 40,000 leaflets over the next few weeks to residents across the borough with details of the petition and providing a paper copy of the petition
We encourage as many residents as possible to sign the petition.”