Two leading councillors in Wokingham have spoken to housing minister Robert Jenrick to try to reduce the number of homes built each year.

The Government’s planning reforms would mean more than 1,600 homes would have to be built in the borough each year, twice the current requirement.

Cllr Wayne Smith, executive member for planning and enforcement, and leader of the council John Halsall have both now spoken to Mr Jenrick by phone with Cllr Halsall inviting him to visit the borough.

Cllr Smith said: “The housing target for Wokingham Borough is just too high – we simply can’t take that much housing that quickly.

“I have been making as much noise about this as possible and have succeeded in speaking directly to the secretary of state for housing Robert Jenrick about the disastrous impact this would have on Wokingham.

“To get him to really listen to us, we need our residents to contact their MP and Robert Jenrick himself, before 1st October when the consultation ends.”

Cllr Halsall told the Wokingham Paper: ““The fact that I had a phone call with him was a very positive achievement,. I had a very long conversation with the minister, I was able to put my points across, and he listened.”

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