Memorandum by Earley Town Council (AH
I would refer to the press notice announcing
the inquiry into the Affordability and the Supply of Housing,
which was discussed by Town Councillors at a recent meeting of
the Planning Committee. As a result of the discussions which took
place, I have been asked to respond in the following terms.
Councillors have asked that the Housing, Planning,
Local Government and the Regions Committee should take the following
points into consideration:
Infrastructure should match the scale
of developmentnot development first and the infrastructure
left to "catch up".
The provision of on-site parking
should be "reasonable" and "realistic" and
should not be judged purely on the current guidelines given under
The provision of schools should keep
pace with the level of development. Existing schools should not
be subject to continual expansion, which can lead to overcrowding
and the loss of on-site facilities, including adequate parking,
and, in some instances, playing fields.
Priority should be given to the re-use
of redundant properties.
A mix of different types, styles
and priced houses should be available within an area to allow
growing families to move within their neighbourhood to try to
prevent the need for extensions to established properties.
Green spaces within communities and
"green wedges" between communities should be maintained.
Development should not be concentrated
in the South East.
The immigration policy should be
considered in the context of housing provision.