Why should you be concerned?
Loss of trees/diversity/habitat and general countryside - a lot of the existing trees will need to be removed for this development with the loss of wildlife habitat. Some of these trees are protected by West Berkshire Council
Traffic - the traffic on Hollybush Lane is already diabolical in the mornings, made worse by the issues with people driving to the Rising Sun shop. Any addition to this will cause further chaos, likely to spread onto the Reading Road at times. The Willink school children will be at increased risk, not only at the beginning end of the school day, but also when crossing to their playing fields.
Schools - the local schools are, for the most part, full. The catchment school for this proposed development is Sulhamstead, already well oversubscribed, and the likely result will be that even siblings may be denied the possibility of going to the same school. It will also mean that fewer children from Mortimer will be able to go to the Willink, as all the secondary age children in the proposed development will live close to the school
Sewers - as part of the submission documentation there is a paragraph which contains the following "Thames Water have indicated that some network capacity reinforcement will be required to accommodate the development as a consequence of exiting surcharging problems downstream. It will therefore be necessary to explore how the additional foul flows from the development can be accommodated without increasing these problems."In plainer language, this means that the existing sewers have been overloaded, and someone will need to sort this problem out.
Flooding - the developers are still sticking to their original idea that all the rainwater that falls onto the area on their plan can be disposed of by letting it soak into the ground. When we had heavy rain earlier this year, the school playing fields were under water for some time, so their current way of dealing with heavy rain will probably not work. This may put areas close to the development at risk of flooding.