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Budgen’s Precinct Update – Planning Permission Granted

Me and Jane Stanford-Beale in the Car Park

I was delighted yesterday to be informed that planning permission has been granted by the Council for the resurfacing of a large part of the car park in Budgens Precinct (also known as Emmer Green Shopping Precinct). As part of the scheme a section of the uneven paving slabs in front of the shops will also be replaced with tarmac.

This is an issue I have taken up several times on behalf of local residents and it is great to see some long overdue action. Wolfe Property Services have clearly responded to the many representations from ward Councillors regarding the dangers of the uneven surfaces and the very deep potholes which have developed.

As I blogged before, the planning application cited two letters in support of their application (12/00351/FUL), one from me in August 2011 and one from Cllr Mark Ralph in November 2011. I am sure that if any other Councillor had written prior to the application being submitted that letter would have been included in evidence by the applicants!

Curiously, when I and my Conservative colleague Jane Stanford-Beale discussed chasing the matter up once again at the beginning of this year Cllr Ralph was very opposed to the suggestion and persuaded us that such correspondence would be “superfluous”.

No timescale has been set for the works to be undertaken and I have therefore written to Wolfe Property Services to thank them for their response to the public concerns and to ask them for an update as to when work will commence. I will keep readers and ward residents updated on what response I receive.

Application Received                                 Mon 27 Feb 2012
                                Address                                 Units 1 – 14 Cavendish Road Emmer Green Reading RG4 8XU
                                Proposal                                 Uplift existing paving slabs to front pedestrian walkway and change to tarmacadam finish
                                Status                                 Application Permitted

April 28, 2012 - Posted by | Local


  1. So let’s get this straight, according to his blog the Indy candidate wrote to the agents AFTER they had put in their planning application to ask them to…eeeerrrrr….put in a planning application. And be then claims credit for the planning application? Really?

    Comment by Paul | April 28, 2012 | Reply

    • Paul – that would appear to be the case!

      Comment by Richard Willis | April 28, 2012 | Reply

  2. Richard – what does a pint of milk cost please?

    Comment by Gideon Mack | April 28, 2012 | Reply

    • About 55p depending on where you buy it and what you buy! I usually buy 2 or 4 pints of semi-skimmed which makes the unit cost per pint much less.

      I am surprised you would have to ask!!

      Comment by Richard Willis | April 28, 2012 | Reply

  3. Good answer – respect is due.

    Comment by Gideon Mack | April 28, 2012 | Reply

  4. Thank you and Mark for the work you have done to get the car park sorted. I am sorry that Jamie decided to go Independent rather than stand somewhere else for the Conservatives. Somehwere closer to his home in Earley would have been less onerous for him with his ongoing treatment. I wish him well in his battle against cancer.

    Comment by Claire | April 28, 2012 | Reply

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