Oxford Road regeneration consultation begins

Wed 10 April 2013, 5:58 pm

Residents in the Oxford Road area of west Reading are being asked for their views on how a £1.5 million planning-gain cashpot should be spent.

The funding is due to be paid by developer David Wilson Homes as part of the conditions of planning permission for the construction of 434 homes on the site of Battle Hospital in 2006.

David Wilson had originally agreed to contribute the cash towards a new health centre, but local NHS chiefs decided against the plan, so more than 6,000 households are being asked for their ideas on how the money should be spent.

Reading Borough Council leader Jo Lovelock said it was important for people in the neighbourhood to give some thought to how the money should be spent.

“It was a big disappointment when the primary care trust decided not to go ahead with the health centre,” she said.

"The money must be used on community related benefits, but bearing in mind it is now seven years since the last consultation on this matter we want to make sure the decision about the use of the money can be based on the current views of local residents."

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