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THE final decision on a massive homes plan for the old RAF Staff College site in Bracknell is due to be made tomorrow night (Thursday).

Campaigners will hear whether their efforts to stop 730 homes being built on the site, in Broad Lane, are successful at Bracknell Forest's Planning and Highways Committee meeting.

If the application is approved a mixture of 730 houses and apartments will be built and the existing buildings (except Ramslade house and the community/cadet facility) will be


The application will provide 19 hectares of open space and 0.9 hectares of land for a primary school with associated access, roads, footpaths and cycleways.

The council has received 34 letters of objection to the development.

Residents along Broad Lane are particularly concerned about the increased traffic levels as well as the knock on effects of such a large development.

Alistair Lloyd of Broad Lane is against demolishing the existing housing on the site, but believes it is inevitable.

"I think ideally they should build a hospital on the site which Bracknell desperately needs.

"And I don't believe that the traffic flow down this road will not get worse."

Bob Pennell, also of Broad Lane said: "We are very concerned about the way developers tend to knock down trees without consideration.

"The quality of the neighbourhood may well be reduced so we might as well be living in the centre of Birmingham."

Another resident of Broad Lane, who did not wish to be named, said: "I think a reasonable amount of the housing should be allocated to police officers and nurses and I would ideally like to see a hospital over there.

"The traffic is going to cause absolute chaos considering there will be an estimated 1,400 extra cars coming in and out of the site.

"This used to be a nice quiet area when we first moved in and now it is fast becoming a nightmare.

"I think it will also overload the doctors practises and the local schools.

"I have recently had to change my doctors' surgery which is further away because I was forced to wait three weeks for an appointment."

At it's meeting on June 13, 2002, the committee resolved that the application on Broad Lane, Bagshot Road, and Horse and Groom roundabout be approved subject to amendments.

Since then, legal agreement negotiations have been taking place and the final details are due to be finalised in the near future.

Councillors issued a report on the application after they visited the site in June with amendments including the preparation of an archaeological evaluation of the site; the applicant carrying out further site investigation of the presence and status of protected series.

Also in the event of the investigation identifying the need for special measures in relation to protected species within the site, the applicant submitting a scheme of measures for the approval of the local planning authority; and the prior completion of a legal agreement.

The meeting will take place in the council chambers at Easthampstead House, Town Square, Bracknell, at 7.30pm.


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