Sunday, 2 November 2014

Disappointed that #WestBerks Council decisions on housing sites will be held behind closed doors

I am disappointed that decisions on which of the "preferred option" housing sites will be approved for allocation, including the four in Theale, will be made behind closed doors.

The decision on which sites should go to consultation was formally made by a meeting of West Berkshire Council in the early summer. However, this "rubber stamped" recommendations made by the Planning Policy Task Group, which meets in private and whose minutes are confidential. This meant that residents were not aware of the reasons why particular sites were selected.

I was not happy with this and proposed that the decision on which of the sites consulted on should be approved for allocation should be made by a Council committee in public. However, this proposal was voted down by Conservative councillors at a special meeting last Thursday.

This means that the discussions and decisions on the sites to be allocated will continue to be made behind closed doors.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale

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