Select Committee on Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Written Evidence

Memorandum by Earley Town Council (AH 31)

  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 development—not 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 PPG3.

    —  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.

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