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North Wokingham Strategic Development Location (SDL)

 

The North Wokingham major development site is an urban extension of Wokingham town, on land adjoining the Kentwood and Matthewsgreen neighbourhoods and Keep Hatch Beech. The development will bring new homes, a primary school and a neighbourhood centre with shopping facilities, open space and new roads including the North Wokingham Distributor Road. View the North Wokingham Strategic Development Location map showing the indicative masterplan PDF document.)

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Get involved and help us build real communities, not just buildings. You can get involved in the following ways

  • 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 North Wokingham 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. This community development work is just starting in North Wokingham. If you are a new resident in Mulberry Grove and would like to receive emails about upcoming 'new neighbour' events, email us at  communityengagement@wokingham.gov.uk 
  • Read the Mulberry Grove, Wokingham Facebook page
     

Join us for the next North Wokingham Community Forum

The next community forum for the North Wokingham site will be held on 30 March 2017, from 7pm to 9pm at the Emmbrook Junior School. 

See the agenda here (PDF document).

The last forum was held on:  

Wednesday 23 November from 7pm to 9pm at The Emmbrook Secondary School in the main hall. You can see related documents below:

   

Latest news

Matthewsgreen Primary School and Community Centre - early engagement

Ahead of the formal planning consultation, we would like your views on the design for the Matthewsgreen Primary School & Community Centre. Please have a look at the images and designs (PDF document)and email any comments to us at communityengagement@wokingham.gov.uk.

The community facility will be about 600 square metres and will be adjacent to the primary school (but with a separate entrance). There will be a school staff car park as well as community parking and a school drop-off area provided. 

A new primary school will be built in Matthewsgreen as part of the development. The school will have 1 class per year (1 form-entry), with the ability to expand to 2 classes per year. The school will be built by us, following transfer of the land. The planning application is expected spring 2017.

The North Wokingham area will see approximately 1,500 new homes in total. Some of the homes will be affordable, which will include social rental homes and shared ownership homes. There will also be about 60 specialist homes for older people.

The development will include a neighbourhood centre with shops, offices, and other community uses. There will also be a community centre that will be attached to the primary school. It is also proposed that there will be a restaurant and/or pub as part of the Keephatch Beech site. It is likely there will also be a Park and Ride, with buses into Reading.

Wokingham Borough has sports facilities at Cantley Park, which is located near the North Wokingham major development area. The new developments will contribute financially to an upgrade of the existing pitches and facilities at Cantley Park and additional tennis courts. Additional funds will go to support the new sports hub in South Wokingham at Gray’s Farm.

New recreational open spaces

As part of the new development, there will be several new recreational open spaces for residents to enjoy the natural environment. These open spaces will include parks and gardens, public open spaces, children’s play areas, playing pitches, allotments and nature parks ( SANGs --Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace).

SANGs are designed to attract residents and dog walkers as an alternative to the Thames Basin Heath Special Protection Area, which supports rare ground nesting birds such as the dartford warbler, woodlark and nightjar and are highly sensitive to visitors.

In North Wokingham, there will be 4 new SANGS along the A329M, with footpaths, ponds and landscaping. The Kentwood Farm SANG is already open and consists of 4 hectares of open space and a temporary car park. The Matthewsgreen SANG is now open. Constuction is starting soon on the Bell Farm SANG, along the A329M. The footpath between Emmbrook School and Forrest Road is now open.  

The Matthewsgreen neighbourhood will have 2 children’s play areas. The Keephatch Beech development will have an area of allotments and a noise-reducing hill with a fence along the A329M.

Future development of the borough

With a lot more housing needed in the borough in the years ahead, we are starting work on our blueprint to ensure the new homes are built in the right places and come with the right schools, roads and facilities.

An independent assessment of the area’s housing needs conducted last year (the Strategic Housing Market Assessment) showed that the borough will have to accommodate about 850 new homes a year up to 2036. In order to ensure these homes are properly planned, we are updating our Local Plan, which will set the principles of where and how the homes and other development should be provided.

The Local Plan Update will be produced in conjunction with a wide range of organisations as well as with input from public consultation and engagement. To find out more about the stages and timescales of our Local Plan update, visit the Local Plan Update webpage.

Building works concerns

Working hours on building sites are generally Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm, and Saturday from 8am to 1pm. On Sundays and Bank Holidays no building works are allowed. If you have a complaint about the building on one of the major development sites, call us on 0118 908 8100 or email   constructionproblems@wokingham.gov.uk
 

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