Last night the Wokingham Borough Planning Committee REFUSED the application to build a supermarket and 43 homes on the land off Meldreth Way, Lower Earley.
Thank you for the role that you played in helping to achieve this important outcome, by supporting our long and robust campaign against this development.
The land is designated as countryside and the Case Officer emphasised that in the initial plans for Lower Earley it was amenity Land - open space. The Planning Committee supported the submissions of hundreds of residents that this green space, part of the continuous green corridor extending from Showcase roundabout to Pearman's Copse, is not suitable for any type of building. It was heart-warming to hear the officer say that the proposal was in planning terms unacceptable in principle, and that, therefore, further changes to the planning application would not alter the Officer recommendation.
We will almost certainly have to battle on as the applicant has a right to appeal the decision, but last night’s refusal was still a significant victory. We will continue to lobby hard to have this vital green space protected forever. We will also write to the developers to ask them to acknowledge the enormous strength of feeling against their plans when deciding whether or not to appeal the Refusal.
We will continue to keep you updated.