At Wanborough Road - a new signalised crossroad junction. Traffic movements at this junction are restricted, as follows:
• From north-east (proposed Lotmead village, NEV): Straight ahead towards Commonhead only.
• From the south-east (Wanborough Road, Wanborough): Straight ahead to Covingham, and left turn onto the SCR only.
• From south-west (proposed Foxbridge village and Commonhead): Straight ahead towards proposed Lotmead Village, and right hand turn towards Wanborough only.
• From north-west (Wanborough Road, Covingham): Straight ahead towards Wanborough only.
We now have a new planning proposal in the New Eastern Villages just behind Wanborough House on Wanborough Road, forming another block of some 380 homes.
At this stage all we have is an 'Environmental Impact Scoping Opinon' request, but worrryingly this refers to potential road access to the Wanborough Road.
This would not be acceptable to me as this would lead to more 'rat running' at a time when we are looking at detailed proposals to reduce traffic via Wanborough.
I will update you as we establish the detail. The site is referred to as 'Green Land'....
New Eastern Villages: BOTH APPROVED JUNE 2020
Two hugely important applications came to Planning Committee on the 9th June 2020.
At Symmetry Park the application was for a B8 Employment use building, which at some 2.3m sq.ft will bring significant new employment (up to 1500 jobs) to the area.
The site is already allocated in the NEV Master-plan for employment, so is not controversial and contributes towards the £72m of highways improvements currently under way in the immediate area including White Hart Junction, Gable Cross, Southern Connector Road etc.
Contributions also include over £600,000 to the Great Western Community Forest.
The other major planning application is for 2,500 homes at Lotmead, Wanborough. This includes a large Sports Hub, Village Centre, two primary schools as well as connections to the adjoining development parcels. Lotmead is also an allocated site within the planned 'New Eastern Villages' of 8,000 homes and the applicants have worked closely with planners and members to address previous concerns.
Measures have been agreed to assist with traffic calming in Wanborough and the design of the junction between the main access (the new Southern Connector Road) and Wanborough Road is designed to prevent 'rat running'.
Both of these are further milestones in seeing the long planned development come to fruition.
Your Ridgeway Ward Councillor.
Residents will be receiving these letters regarding the development of the Northern part of the Foxbridge site as part of the ‘New Eastern Villages and due to the current situation there are no plans for a Public Exhibition.
Whilst we have accepted the principle of the ‘New Eastern Villages and the benefits which the Southern Connector Road will bring, the problem with the current applications / consultation documents at Foxbridge is that neither addresses the policy requirement for a Primary School.
We do not want to see the education provision at Foxbridge delivered at Redlands as this would encourage unwelcome car journeys against the ‘Measures to Minimise Rat running’ policy and the delivery of the Southern Connector Road which are designed to stop those journeys through the village of Wanborough and beyond.
Whilst this is not yet a planning application, it is nonetheless helpful if residents views can reflect these concerns.
The new community of Foxbridge (about the same size as Wanborough) should deliver a Primary school as both a policy requirement but also in terms of place-making. If this is not delivered then they will have built an isolated housing estate with no heart and car journeys will be encouraged/necessary.
We all have other worries, but when you have time please let Danescroft know what you think?
Your Ridgeway Ward Councillor.