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Homes bid for historic burial site to be unveiled

A public exhibition will be held to give more details of plans to build 150 homes on the urnfield historic site in Yateley

Members of YURAG by the site earmarked for housing

Illustrations of how an historic burial site could look if it is turned into a housing estate will be unveiled this week.

Residents are gearing up for the public exhibition and have vowed to fight proposals for 150 new homes earmarked for ‘the urnfield’ in Yateley.

Basic plans for the development were published last year – raising concerns from people backing onto the site – and on January 23 developers will seek to progress the proposal.

Tony Buckle, member of the Yateley Urnfield Residents Action Group (YURAG), said: “It is important that as many people as possible are made aware of what is being proposed in view of the inevitable impact that this development will have on traffic movements through Yateley and the risk of exacerbating flooding in the surrounding area.

“The 150 homes proposed for this narrow cul-de-sac is far too many and it has become quite a big issue in this corner of Yateley.”

Chairman of the nature and wildlife subcommittee of the campaign group, Mr Buckle said: “The actual site is a haven for wildlife. The field is full of wild flowers, attracting birds and bees.

“Newts, which are a protected species, are also on the site.”

A Bronze Age burial site was found during gravel workings in the fields in the 1920s, with remains taken to Reading Museum and the site is now known as the urnfield.

The site has been a magnet for developers for many years so Yateley resident Nick Godwin decided to launch the YURAG campaign group two years ago.

Developer Welbeck Stra-tegic Land wants to build family homes on the site, located between Moulsham Lane and Chandlers Lane.

The 25-acre agricultural site is currently inaccessible to the public and has recently been occupied with a number of temporary structures used for storage and equestrian activities.

The developers want to create a recreation space, 230 spaces for cars and improvements to Moulsham Lane to allow safe pedestrian paths as well as mitigation of flood risk issues in the area.

The southern part of the site was previously identified within the council’s 2010 strategic housing land availability assessment with the potential to deliver around 200 homes.

A spokesman for the developers said: “We hope as many people as possible take the opportunity to visit the exhibition, to view the master plan proposals and meet the professional team.

“We have spent over a year carefully reviewing options for the site, including consultation with the Environment Agency, highways officers and the local authority to ensure that the draft proposals are viable and appropriate for the site.”

For those unable to attend, information will be made available at www.moulsham lane.com.

The exhibition will take place at The Tythings in Reading Road, Yateley, from 3pm to 7pm.

 

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