If new homes are required in
the Burghfield Common (BC) area, it would be far better to infill
sites within the existing boundary of BC than to contemplate a major
expansion of BC away from its centre - the shops to the north.
This application ignores the negative impact on the neighbouring
rural communities of Sulhamstead and Ufton Nervet, which would be
severely affected by the encroachment of residential building onto
green land and the increased flow of traffic on local, typically
minor, roads. It would constitute a fundamental and irrevocable
change in the rural way of life of those living around the southern
boundary of BC.
The addition of 129 houses on Hollybush Lane would dangerously
overload the minor road adjacent to Willink School, as well as other
access roads passing through the adjacent villages.
Other services, such as drainage, would also be overloaded. Recent
flooding of the area tends to reinforce the risk.
The types of houses envisaged would bring an increased population of
school-age children, without commensurate capacity in local schools.
In reality, this is a re-statement of the original Firlands plan.
The proposed road layout clearly leaves the way open for a major
expansion of this development onto the remainder of the original
The ribbon development of this land off Hollybush Lane - one house
deep along the road- might be acceptable, but certainly not on this
scale, and not without closing off the potential for future
incremental incursions towards the adjacent villages.
Sunrise Action Group