The council is looking to try and cut the number of new homes imposed on the borough by the Government. 

Wokingham Borough Council wants to reduce the number of new housing provisions it is set, which is currently 781 per year. 

The council leader, councillor Clive Jones, is calling for a meeting with the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Michael Gove MP to discuss the issue. 

He has also written to all local MPs asking them to back his calls for the meeting as the number of homes in the borough has increased by 20 per cent since 2001 (58,000 to 71,000). 

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Cllr Jones said: "What we really need is a meeting with Michael Gove so we can explain the real problems that the Government’s policies are causing in places such as Wokingham borough. 

"It is obvious to everybody living here that we don’t need massive commercial housing development that blights our countryside, clogs our roads and overloads our schools and doctors’ surgeries.  

"We do need some new homes, but these need to be genuinely affordable social housing. We also need a planning system that works in the interests of local communities, not the interest of the development industry."