The procedure for adopting new roads, open spaces, landscaping and play areas once housing developments have been completed is now the focus of special group set up specifically to examine it.
The aim of the new task and finish group set up by Wokingham Borough Council is to see if the adoption process for new infrastructure can be speeded up to avoid delays and unnecessary angst for residents living in or near these new homes and estates.
Residents, community groups, town and parish councils and stakeholders are invited as part of this investigation to provide written evidence detailing their experiences of being involved in the adoption process. The deadline to submit this evidence is the end of October.
The task and finish group will also look closely at the legal, planning and technical frameworks for infrastructure adoption, as well as examples of best practice. It will examine the ways residents are informed and updated, and how to improve people’s understanding of the council’s, developers’ and individual homeowner’s different roles in the whole process.
“The procedure and time frame for adopting new estate infrastructure can be confusing and frustrating for residents,” said Andrew Moulton, assistant director for governance at the council. “So we want to see if things can be done differently to help everyone involved.”
Evidence can be emailed to the council’s scrutiny officer, Neil Carr, at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to: Democratic Services, Wokingham Borough Council, Shute End, Wokingham, RG40 1BN.