What is a SANG and why should we be concerned about our Shinfield area SANGs.

The definition is – Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace’ (SANG) is the name given to green space that is of a quality and type suitable to be used as mitigation within the Thames Basin Heaths SPA planning zone. 

Its role is to provide alternative green space to divert visitors from visiting the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area (SPA). SANG is intended to provide mitigation for the potential impact of residential development on the SPA by preventing an increase in visitor pressure on the SPA. The effectiveness of SANG as mitigation will depend upon the location and design. These must be such that the SANG is more attractive than the SPA to users of the kind that currently visit the SPA.

In simple language SANG is compensation for loss of green land for development. Developers have to provide SANG in order to get planning permission based on a quite complex formula. 

In our area we have Langley Mead and this appeal is to extend this SANG to support further development in Shinfield including South of Cutbush Lane plus other developments. More houses!

The key questions are around ‘quality and type’ and is the SANG proposed more attractive than the SPA.?

I would argue no as Langley Mead is unusable for months on end and this proposed SANG is simply an extension of Langley Mead and historically has a even greater propensity to flood.

I cannot imagine any other public amenity being accepted if it was unusable for 5 to 6 months of the year.  So why are they even thinking of providing an underwater SANG

Please write to the appeal Inspector with your comments. Support us in fighting to save our villages!



Application: 181631
Appeal: APP/X0360/W/19/3235895
Site Address: Land South of Reading Road and Arborfield Road, East of Chestnut Crescent, West of the River Loddon, Shinfield
Proposal: Full planning application for the change of use of 21.7ha of land from agricultural use to informal recreation ( Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace SANG ) and associated infrastructure including pedestrian and vehicle access, a car park, footpath network and landscaping.

An appeal has been made to the Secretary of State against the decision of Wokingham Borough Council to refuse planning permission.

The appeal will be determined on the basis of written representations. The procedure to be followed is set out in the Town and Country Planning (Appeals)
(Written Respresentations Procedure and Advertisements) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 (Statutory Instrument 2013/2114).

If you wish to make comments, or modify/withdraw your previous representation, you can do so on the Planning Portal at or by emailing uk.

If you do not have access to the internet, you can send three copies to:
Michael Joyce, The Planning Inspectorate, Room 3D, Eagle Wing, Temple Quay
House, 2 The Square, Bristol, BS1 6PN.

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When made, the decision will be published on the Planning Inspectorate’s website.