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  • Reading University  (R.U.) like to promote themselves as concerned for the environment and committed to ‘sustainability’.

  • In reality Reading University are prepared to sell off their fields, woods, hedgerows and flood plain for housing development.

  • Despite claiming they want to work with local communities they have already sold off large areas of valuable farmland to developers. It could have been used for growing food or for teaching agriculture.

  • Now they want to ruin the Loddon Valley at Hall Farm with housing.

  • The Loddon Valley at Hall Farm is full of biodiversity, ancient woodland and locally valued heritage such as an old mill, a 14th Century Church ruin and the archaeological remains of an Iron Age village.

  • 4,500 houses and an estimated 7,000 more cars will add to the traffic and pollution in an area that is already highly congested and polluted.

  • Save Our Loddon Valley Environment at Hall Farm (SOLVE Hall Farm) have tried to persuade the University there is a better, less environmentally damaging way forward.

  • Trees, fields, hedges and wetlands absorb pollutants, provide run-off for rivers and habitats for wildlife. We need to preserve and extend them, not dig them up, concrete over them and destroy them!

  • Join us in persuading Reading University to keep the land at Hall Farm for farming, education, flood plain, biodiversity, re-wilding, heritage and health.

  • SOLVE Hall Farm will be at the Reading University Open day on 8th October. We need as many of you as possible to join us!

  • Meet at the entrance to Whiteknights campus on the Reading Road.

  • Handing out flyers to visitors from 9.00 am (Those that can join me for the early shift!)

  • Marching through the campus from 12.00 midday (This is a public right of way).

  • Finishing for 3.00 pm

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An introduction to the issues

  • Hall Farm is a Greenfield site.

  • There is virtually no infrastructure on site. Roads, sewage, power, communication and transport infrastructure will all need to be put in.

  • The distance from major shopping centres and easy access to the M4 is likely to encourage even more private car use.

  • Other sites that could be used for housing are being ignored despite having better access to infrastructure.

  • This proposal will remove the remaining separation between major settlements at Shinfield  Arborfield and Winnersh.

  • Arborfield and Shinfield both have Neighbourhood Plans that are supposed to help guide development and which this proposal chooses to ignore.

  • 97% of housing development over the past 10 years has been in the South of the Borough. Only 3% is in the North.

  • There is no local need for these houses, the existing provision at the Garrison SDL was considered by the Arborfield and Barkham Neighbourhood Plan to be sufficient until 2036. More people, more cars and more pressure on schools and medical services will result if this proposal goes ahead.

  • The "climate emergency" is likely to make flooding worse yet much of this site is flood plain. The act of building will make the flooding worse (from excess water run off when previously absorbent green fields get built on).

  • Some of this site is below a Category A Dam at Bearwood Lake creating even more flood risk

  • Contrary to claims by WBC that Green Belt cannot be built on, it can. You do have to make a special case for it, but it can be done.

  • The promised infrastructure at the Garrison SDL has still not been delivered, 5 years after the houses were built. Why should we believe this proposal will be any better?

  • Jobs are cited as being part of the deal but the exemplar Studios at Shinfield have already been given the go ahead, without any need for additional houses.

  • More houses in the South East benefits nobody more than the developers. More "affordable" housing could be built elsewhere in the country. This is about putting profits before people.

  • Britain needs to grow more of its own food and import less. Food security matters!

  • The richness of the biodiversity on the site is incalculable. No amount of develop "mitigation" can bring it back if it gets built over. Once it is gone it is gone for ever.

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