Arborfield Garrison Strategic Development Location (SDL)
The military has moved out of the Arborfield Garrison site. This provides an opportunity for us to build a sustainable new village by redeveloping the site. In addition to homes, the new village will have schools and sports pitches, a village centre with a supermarket and other shops, offices, restaurants and cafes and other typical village centre uses. There will also be children’s play parks including a skate park, community gardens and allotments, and new roads, footpaths, and cycle and bridleways. The development will also include an extension to the existing Hogwood Industrial Estate providing additional employment opportunities. View the Arborfield Strategic Development Location map showing the indicative masterplan (PDF document).
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- Community forums - We have created community forums for each major development area. The forums are your way to find out what is happening and to get involved. If you would like to be notified of future Arborfield forums, sign up for our newsletter
- 'New residents' meetings and social groups - When there are about 100 new homes being lived in, we host a ‘new neighbours’ meeting to welcome new residents to Wokingham. We use this meeting to introduce ourselves, our partners and the services that we provide. We work with partners in this effort, usually the developers, Churches Together and housing associations. We encourage the residents to build relationships, establish a Facebook group, and then start a Residents Association. Some of the events we’ve held in the past include pub quiz nights and community lunches
Come to our next forum meeting on 20 March
The next community forum for the Arborfield Garrison site will be held on 20 March 2017, from 7pm to 9pm at the Henry Street Garden Centre.
Join us for the next Arborfield Community Forum. Contrary to the last newsletter, the forum will take place from 7pm to 9pm. We were planning to trial an earlier start to the forums, but due to feedback we have decided to keep them starting at 7pm and ending at 9pm.
There is a new format though, building on changes at the last round of forums and found to be successful. There will be a Market Place drop-in session from 7pm to 8pm, where you can visit the ‘stalls’ and speak with the officers on a one-to-one basis. Then, from 8pm to 9pm, there will be a discussion session with Councillor Mark Ashwell.
See the agenda here (PDF document).
See the community forum agenda and presentations from 10 October 2016 (PDF document). See the notes from the October forum (PDF document).
See the community forum agenda and presentations from 29 July 2016 (PDF document) and notes from the community forum from 29 July 2016 (PDF document).
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The Arborfield Garrison site is divided into 2 separate developments. The northern part of the site is being developed by Crest Nicholson. The southern part of the site is being developed by the Marino Family Trust. Outline planning permission has been granted for the northern part of the site. An outline planning application for the southern part has recently had the legal agreement signed by all parties, which grants outline planning permission. We expect a detail planning application to be submitted later this year.
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.