Swallows Meadow is part of the vital green corridor stretching from Showcase roundabout to Pearmans Copse designated by Wokingham Borough Council as countryside. Many hundreds of residents share our view that Swallows Meadow should never be built on.
Much of the land was cleared in November to prepare for ‘development’. It was rich in plant and animal life. Badgers, deer and muntjac are amongst the wildlife still seen on the now badly damaged landscape. The proposed development is unique as the first in Earley to split a major green/wildlife corridor in two.
Besides the wanton destruction that had already taken place, residents have significant and legitimate concerns regarding impacts on traffic and road safety, noise and light pollution, flooding … and so much more.
A planning application may be imminent
Plans to build a supermarket and 42 houses here have now been revealed. Some of the drawings are available on www.lowerearleyplans.co.uk . A planning application may be lodged as soon as April / May.
The developer’s public consultation
You may have attended the ‘virtual’ public consultation by the developers on the 28th January. Many residents have expressed concerns regarding the conduct of that meeting. These have been summarized. We will ensure that they are made known to the WBC Planning Committee when, as part of a planning application, it considers the Statement of Community Involvment.
What you can do
Many grounds have already been identified for challenging a planning application, and we believe there is a realistic possibility that Swallows Meadow can still be protected.
Once a planning application has been submitted you will be able to log your concerns on the Wokingham Borough Council online planning portal and have these considered as part of the planning process. We will encourage everyone to do this.
Also, please sign our petition at www.wokinghamlibdems.org.uk/meadow