Plans for a new garden town that would deliver a minimum of 15,000 dwellings have been halted. The site is at Grazeley which is south of Reading, located south of the M4 and west of the A33.
The councils in Wokingham, West Berkshire and Reading were optimistic about this site satisfying their local need for housing. However, this location is close to the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) at Burghfield.
Public Health England and the Office for Nuclear Regulation have decided to extend the “detailed emergency planning zone” from 1,600m to 3,160m. This has meant that much of the site earmarked for development is now within this radius.
This news did not go down well with the developers who believe they have been kept in the dark. A resulting challenge in the courts has been dismissed because of risks posed with a nuclear meltdown such as at the Fukushima plant in Japan.