The Future of the allotments

On Friday 24th February 2012, the following article, written by Linda Fort, was published in the GetReading newspaper.

GetReading News by Linda Fort

Click the article to enlarge it.

As you can see, the article tells the outcome of the investigation into the sites that had been earmarked by Reading Council for development, and in particular mentions the Inspector's recommendations for Tilehurst Allotments. The process of the investigation is on Reading Borough Council web site.

However, at the bottom of the SDPDExamination document on the Reading Council website are two important documents that you should read to find out exactly what the Inspector recommended, as summarised in Linda Fort's article.

To make it easier, these two documents can also be viewed here.

The first document of note is the Report from the Inspector setting out his views on the Council's Local Development Framework together with his suggested changes and the correspondence that took place between the inspector and the council officers. In particular he differentiates between Main changes and Minor changes. You will see that the requested change to the status of the Tilehust Allotments site on Kentwood Hill (SA8a) is considered to be a Main change, and that he recommends the site to be deleted as a site suitable for development.

A new consultation

The inspector also recommended that a consultation should take place regarding the his recommended changes for the Main Sites. The consultation is now open and the consultation document is reproduced here

Your comments about the recommended changes should be sent to:
Planning LDF Team
Level 8
Civic Offices

or by email

or by phone
(0118) 937 3337

You will notice that your comments regarding the changes are to be received by 5pm on Tuesday 10th April 2012

At the bottom of the first page of the consultation document you will see three links to other documents that may help your understanding of the changes. One of the links is to the Inspector's report and further correspondence. That link is at the top of this page. The other two links are also added here for clarity: one link is to the original draft document that was submitted by Reading Council in 2011 and subsequently examined by the Inspector for soundness. The original draft submission about the Allotments Site is on page 95.

The other link is to the recommended Minor changes.