Councillors voted heavily in favour of Bracknell’s draft Local Plan, despite opposition to the 2,000-home Garden Village at Jealott’s Hill.

Bracknell Forest Council voted 33 – 4 with one abstention, at the March 16 meeting, to move forward with the plan which also includes redeveloping the leisure and retail venues the Point and the Peel Centre for 900 homes.

Councillors had received objections from residents, largely about Jealott’s Hill where Syngenta proposes a large agricultural science park along with the 2,000 homes, which had been reduced from 4,000.

Cllr Sandra Ingham who represents nearby Warfield Harvest Ride, said she had had 31 objections.

She told the meeting: “I originally spoke out against 4,000 homes as being far too many. The number has now been halved, capped at 2,000 with 1,350 planned for completion by 2036.

“We are now talking about one primary school and not a secondary school and two primaries. We are talking about 54.6 hectares of land being given back to the Green Belt and land being opened up to the public including two country parks, places my residents can walk to and relax amongst the beauty of nature.

“Two thousand new jobs will bring hope and security to families, the 35 per cent affordable allocation will provide young people a chance to have a home of their own and, instead of a sprawling conurbation, we actually have the unique opportunity to create a world class eco-Garden Village at Jealott’s Hill to support a world class science research facility, something to be proud of.”

The next consultation on the draft Local Plan will run from Tuesday,  March 23 to Tuesday, May 11.  

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