A battle is ensuing over plans for luxury mobile homes at countryside land reportedly owned by Reading FC captain Liam Moore.

Dozens of neighbours have slammed plans for adding new mobile ‘luxury lodges’ at Walnut Lodge Farm, on Part Lane in Riseley, RG7.

The application for a ‘lawful development certificate for six additional caravans’ has been commented on more than a hundred times by residents on Wokingham Borough Council’s (WBC) planning portal.

The property is owned by Reading FC footballer Liam Moore and his wife Roxi Moore, according to the Land Registry, but the applicant is Johnathan Harvey, who is reportedly his father-in-law.

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One neighbour, Filomena McDermott, said the application “represents yet another milestone in the destruction of the character of the village”.

Chris Morrissey, another local resident, said he is “disgusted to have to even comment on such a ridiculous application”, calling the plans “out of character” with the area.

The council have already granted a licence for six caravans on the site. The latest application is for another six, which would take the total mobile homes on the farm to 12.

Planning permission and a licence was granted by Wokingham District Council for one mobile home in 1987.

WBC have since granted a licence for an additional mobile home in February 2020 and for an additional four mobile homes in April 2020.

The latest application seeks to add six more mobile homes and has received hundreds of comments from concerned neighbours.

The new mobiles homes “will fit within the legal definition of caravan in terms of its size and portability”, according to the applicant.

But local councillor Stuart Munro said he is concerned about the “intensification” and has had numerous calls, texts and emails from worried residents.

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Cllr Munro said: “The problem is no-one really knows what the plan is.

“Without clear communication from Liam Moore, all the locals fear the worst and make up their biggest fears.

“These things cost hundreds of thousands of pounds. It is a bit of a loophole They are houses. It is not what my residents want in the middle of the countryside.”

According to residents, the land previously belonged to a family who had owned it for about 40 years and were unable to build a single-family home on it.

This resulted in them having to move as the owner was unwell from living in a damp mobile home.

What’s next for the application?

In order for the certificate to be issued for the mobile homes, the applicant must prove, on the balance of probability, that adding six extra mobile homes at Walnut Tree Farm does not amount to a “material change of use”, and would thus be lawful for planning purposes.

The planning consultant for the applicant said the documents presented within the application provide “overwhelming evidence” that this would be the case.

Public consultation on the plans ended on June 2 and WBC must now decide whether the proposal goes to its planning committee for a vote.

The hundreds of complaints have included concerns the increase in traffic flow “will put people’s lives at risk” as well as worries about flooding, the impact on wildlife and light pollution.

Liam Moore and the applicant Johnathan Harvey were contacted for comment but had not responded at the time the story was published.

Note: The article previously stated that the mobile homes were being provided by Countrywide Park Homes, which had been stated by Cllr Munro.

However, the mobile homes company has stated this is not the case. The article has now been changed to reflect this.