Friday, 7 September 2012

Crescent Road - The Truth Is Out

Half A School Only Needs Half The Green Space
My colleague Cllr Jan Gavin has done an excellent job in bringing the Reading UTC / Crescent Road housing development saga up to date here.

I reported on 21 March that the Coalition Government had instructed that a back-to-back deal be put in place whereby the land would be bought from the University of West London and immediately split in half, with one parcel going to the Oxford & Cherwell Valley College - the promoters of the unwanted UTC Reading - and the other parcel of land being sold to private developers Square Bay Land for housing.
Just weeks after the Olympics and the row about the number of school playing fields sold around the country and days after the Lib Dem / Tory Coalition has said they want to relax planning laws, making it easier to build on green spaces, we have a clear example in the heart of east Reading of what these type of policies will mean in reality.

To quote again from the internal documents I revealed in March this year, the Department foe Education's conclusion was that this arrangement would mean "That way the commercial partner satisfies planning conditions for having educational use on the site, and then can do whatever they want with the other half."

Well, we will see. Somehow I think the residents of east Reading aren't ready to roll over just yet. And where is Rob Wilson ...

NOTE: Square Bay Land Llp (Limited Liability Patnership ) was registered on 5 March 2012 and has it's registered office in Prince Consort House, 27-29 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7TJ.

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