UPDATE - Aldermaston Park housing development

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Aldermaston Park is registered as a wood pasture and parkland and has a large number of ancient and veteran trees on site. Praxis Holdings Ltd is proposing a new housing development within the grounds.

This park is a national heritage asset. It is of medieval origin and the whole habitat is, in an expert’s opinion: “of exceptional quality in a UK context”. The proposals are that 15% of this irreplaceable wood pasture and parkland will be taken to build 227 houses which will enable the restoration of the rest of the site.

Important aged and veteran trees will be lost - the applicant states 181 trees are threatened with removal. And we believe hundreds more will see their habitat damaged, fragmented or lost.

Plans to develop within open spaces between the trees threatens the long term sustainability of the trees, the whole area and sense of place. The impact of the development will be felt much wider than the footprint of the build.

The roots of the trees and the undisturbed soils they stand in are vitally important to protect. We believe that many trees are at risk because the allocated root protection areas are inadequate.

Government planning policy clearly states “heritage assets are an irreplaceable resource” and that they should be conserved “in a manner appropriate to their significance”. It also argues for the retention of ancient woodland, which this habitat constitutes.

This development has been out forward as an ‘enabling’ application. We believe the management of such an important and sensitive site as Aldermaston Park should not be bound to building over 200 houses and additional infrastructure.

Aldermaston Park is of national significance and should be protected and preserved for the future.

Update: Many thanks for all your responses. The case officer will now be considering all responses received before making a decision on this planning application. We’ll make sure to keep you updated once we hear any further news concerning this application.

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