As part of the new Bohunt School project we are constructing a continuous pedestrian route for Finchampstead pupils to get to the new school before the new school year in early September.
The proposed route is along 4 sections
- Byway 18 (also known as Hogwood Lane)
- Hogwood Lane
- Park Lane and
- Nine Mile Ride
For more information, visit the My Journey website or see the plans (PDF document.)
The work on the pedestrian route improvements will require some road closures. Below is the schedule for closures. Diversion routes are available and will be signed. See more information about the diversions on the My Journey website. Advance warning signs will be in the area prior to the closures. All closures will be removed by 4 September. Reading Buses will be allowed access through the closures. For information on bus services, visit the Reading Buses website.
- Park Lane will be closed between 9.30am and 3.30pm (Mondays to Fridays) from 10 July until 21 July, 9.30am until 4.30pm (Mondays to Fridays) from 24 July until 21 August and 8am until 5pm (Saturdays and Sundays) from 15 July until 20 August 2017
- Nine Mile Ride will be closed between 9.30am and 4.30pm (Mondays to Fridays) from 21 August until 3 September and 8am until 5pm (Saturdays and Sundays) from 26 August until 3 September 2017
Crest Nicholson, the developer of the northern part of the development, has published a phasing plan for works programmed from April to September 2017. See the phasing plan (PDF document.)
Reading Football Club are relocating to Bearwood. We have received an application to redevelop the site for housing (application no 163547). The land is not in the boundary of the Arborfield Garrison major development, but is adjacent to it.
Cemex UK and The Farley Estate recently submitted an application for sand and gravel extraction along with both an aggregates processing plant and a concrete plant. For more information on this application, see our planning application search page and search application no 170433. The proposal is currently being considered and public consultation has been undertaken with local residents. It is anticipated that additional information will be sought from the applicant in due course and re-consulted upon before officers provide a recommendation to Planning Committee towards the end of 2017.
We have received an application to convert one of the existing former military warehouse buildings to a film studio (application no 162881), which was approved in January 2017.
The northern part of the site will have up to 2,000 houses, including a facility for supported housing for older people, a district centre that will include community facilities and a supermarket, a neighbourhood centre, a secondary and a primary school, and a village square. Full permission was granted for the creation of 2 outdoor natural recreation areas, the conversion of an existing Ministry of Defence gym to a sports/community centre, and highways improvements. Construction on Phase 1 (Parcel O) of this development began in February 2016 and saw the first 18 new homes occupied in October 2016. Phase 2 (Parcel T) is for 127 houses and flats in the northeastern part of the site, approved in September 2016. Groundworks began in February 2017. Phase 3 (Parcels A - G) for 223 new homes, approved in October 2016. Construction started in February 2017.
Bohunt Secondary School Wokingham welcomed over 100 new pupils in September 2016, as the first new secondary school in the borough in over half a century. New cycle and footpaths between Sheerlands Road and Princess Marina Drive are now open and are part of the safe routes to the new school.
The outline planning application for the southern part of the development was approved in October 2015, with the Section 106 legal agreement being signed in early 2017. The planning permission is for up to 1,500 new houses, new industrial floor space, a neighbourhood centre, a primary school, new sports pitches, highways improvements, and open space including a children’s play area.