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Planning and Development (Reading)

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

I wish to present a 1,500-signature petition calling on the Minister with responsibility for planning to delete the Kennet meadows in Southcote, Colney park, Calcott and Katesgrove from the draft south-east plan. That is the area covered by the Prudential proposals to build 7,500 homes on the functional floodplain of the River Kennet in south-west Reading, plans that were described by the Environment Agency as putting the whole of Reading town centre at risk of flooding.

The petition states:

The Petition of people from the greater Reading area,

Declares that the panel looking at the South East Plan were wrong to recommend development of 7500 houses north of the M4 at Reading; this area is in a functional floodplain; the Environment Agency have said that building in this area could result in floods in central Reading; the petitioners wish to see Kennet floodplain protected in line with existing planning policies.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Minister for Planning to delete Kennet Meadow as a development area from the Regional Plan.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.

[P000169]