Parish Council News
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Summary of issues raised/arising in the month.
(This document is not intended to be read as a record of the minutes of the Parish Council (PC) meeting.)
Major Development in Ruscombe
It was agreed to pledge £1.500 per annum for the next 3 years (if needed) to the Campaign to Protect Rural Wokingham (CPRW). The PC had asked residents (via the WSL website, The Lych Gate and the Facebook page) to make their views known to the Clerk. Of the 15 responses 14 were in favour of the pledge. A straw pole at the January PC meeting showed overwhelming support for the pledge. The pledge will be added on to the precept.
To read more follow the link below.
PC's detailed response on Bellman's is available here.
The development area shown on the website for the Wokingham Local Plan (http://www.planvu.co.uk/wbc/) is much smaller than was shown on the original map circulated.
We will be keeping a watching brief on the Wokingham Local Plan as it goes through its approval stages to ensure the green belt is protected.
Campaign to Protect RuralWokingham - CPRW
I am very heartened by the support from the government in various statements that they intend to protect the Green Belt, which reinforces the stance on the NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework) which states “The Government attaches great importance to Green Belts. The fundamental aim of Green Belt policy is to prevent urban sprawl by keeping land permanently open; the essential characteristics of Green Belts are their openness and their permanence.” It is the permanence which is the important feature.
We are doing well in our financial support, which is in the form of promises at the moment. However, we would welcome more funds.
The results from the referendum on the Hurley and the Walthams Neighbourhood Plan, held on 23rd November 2017, are 614 for, 114 against. Turnout was 16.1%