Crowthorne Village Action Group
CVAG protecting our village against urbanisation
At its Crowthorne site since 1960, the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) continues to be an important part of the local community. Now, activities are scaled back, many of the original buildings and banked test track are disused, creating an opportunity for redevelopment.
In 2008 the site owners, Legal and General, submitted an application to build 975 homes on the site. Bracknell Council refused the application saying “It would result in major development inappropriate and harmful to the character appearance and function of this countryside location and to the strategic gap between Bracknell and Crowthorne.”
The site does have disused buildings suitable for redevelopment, but also has large
areas of woodland. Some of that woodland, where it adjoins the Crowthorne-
Now, in 2012, Bracknell Council has identified TRL as a strategic area, suitable
for a new mini-