We consulted on the draft Options for the Managing Development Delivery Development Plan Document (MDD DPD) from 15 June until 27 July 2011. A number of further alternative options for the MDD DPD and a number of new sites were put forward by respondents to this consultation. Wokingham Borough Council is therefore undertaking a further Public Participation Stage Initial Sustainability Appraisal (incorporating a Strategic Environmental Assessment) on the Draft Options and Alternatives for the MDD DPD and a further Public Participation Stage Initial Sustainability Appraisal (incorporating a Strategic Environmental Assessment) consultation on sites submitted.
The issues where alternatives have been put forward following consultation on the Draft Options for the MDD DPD are:
Issue 3 (Size of dwelling sites to be allocated) - Alternative option following consultation - No minimum figure in Limited Development Locations. Should account for developments of 1-4 dwellings.
Issue 6 (Appraisal of residential development on unallocated sites) - Alternative option following consultation - Sites should be decided on merit. No need for policy.
Issue 11 (Boundaries for Development Limits) - Alternative option following consultation - To provide flexibility for alternative residential 'opportunity sites' within the countryside.
Issue 15 (Housing Mix and Internal Space Standards) - Alternative option following consultation - To not have a policy and to let market decide.
Alternative option following consultation - To include a flood risk policy including provision and maintenance of SUDs and other water management issues.
Issue 37 (Employment within the countryside, including rural diversification) - Alternative option following consultation - To have a more flexible policy to encourage small scale rural enterprise/housing for local communities and not solely seek to protect character and amenity.
These are the new sites that have been put forward following consultation on the Draft Options for the MDD DPD:
Earley 3EA110 - University of Reading, Sibly hall, Redhatch Dr, Earley.
Finchampstead 3FI149 - Silverstock Manor, Sandhurst Rd, Finchampstead North. 3FI150 - Land at Sandhurst Rd, Finchampstead North. 3FI151 - 91 & 97 Kiln Ride, Finchampstead North.
Shinfield 3SH177 - Dobbies Garden Centre, Hyde End Rd, Spencers Wood (this is not being consulted upon as is within SDL and therefore not within the current consultation). 3SH178 - Great Lea Farm, Grazeley, Three Mile Cross.
Wokingham 3WK189 - Mulberry Business Park, Fishponds Rd, Wokingham. 3WK190 - Mulberry Business Park & Surrounds, Fishponds Rd, Wokingham. 3WK191 - The Chestnuts Ave, Wokingham.
Woodley 3WD115 - University of Reading, Bulmeshe Campus, Woodlands Av, Earley. 3WD116 - Land at Sandford Farm, Woodley (same as existing LP allocation). 3WD117 - Fosters, Fosters Lane, Woodley.
Representations are now invited on the further Public Participation Stage Initial Sustainability Appraisal (incorporating the Strategic Environmental Assessment) (August 2011).
Send your consultation comments between 31 August to 5pm on 12 October 2011
Only representations that are made in writing and arrive at the Council's specified address within the six week period commencing on 31 August and ending at 5pm on 12 October 2011 will be considered.
Please do not make representations before the start date or after the end date as they cannot be considered.
The comments the Council receives from this consultation will help develop and shape the future submission version of the MDD DPD.
Read the documents
The consultation documents are available to view at the top right of this page or at the Council Offices, Shute End Wokingham RG40 1WR for the duration of the public consultation (31 August to 12 October 2011) during normal office hours, 8.30am to 5pm.
The documents can be viewed via internet facilities at all libraries in the area, together with Crowthorne Library.
Use our Interactive Mapping System to find out more about the sites suggested for development.
Hard copies of the consultation documents are available upon request but are chargeable. Please telephone the Land Use and Transport Team (tel: 01189 74 6478) for further information.
Making comments about the draft Options MDD DPD or SA(SEA)
Any person may make representations on the Initial Sustainability Appraisal (incorporating a Strategic Environmental Assessment) following consultation on the draft Options for the MDD DPD:
1. Made within 31 August to 5pm on 12 October 2011 (a period of 6 weeks); and
2. All representations should be sent in writing to Land Use and Transport Team, PO Box 157, Policy and Partnerships, Wokingham Borough Council, Shute End, Wokingham, RG40 1WR or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any representations received during the consultation period will be acknowledged. Unfortunately, it will not be possible to answer individual questions.
Once all representations have been reviewed, a summary and a Statement of Consultation will be published by the Council.