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North Wokingham major development

North Wokingham major development

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North Wokingham Strategic Development Location map
North Wokingham Strategic Development Location map (click on image above for full size PDF version)

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.)

 

Get involved

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 added to the email list for the North Wokingham forum, email us at communityengagement@wokingham.gov.uk
  • '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
     

The next community forum for the North Wokingham development area will be held in early spring 2017. 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

Currently, there are 3 sites within the North Wokingham major development area that are complete. All of the other sites within the development area have outline planning permission, together with Keephatch Beech which secured outline planning permission in March 2015. A reserved matters application for Matthewsgreen phase 2A for 82 new homes was approved in July 2016 and a reserved matters application for phase 2B for 87 new homes has been received and will go to planning committee in late 2016. We have also received an application to adjust the alignment of the North Wokingham Relief Road in Kentwood Farm East, which includes an additional 10 houses, which was approved in November 2016.

Completed developments

The following developments have been completed

    • The Carrilions – a development of 150 houses located off Plough Lane
    • Buttercup Close – a development of 30 houses located off Plough Lane
    • 65 Plough Lane – a development of 2 houses on land adjacent to 65 Plough Lane   
       

Currently under construction

The following developments are under construction

    • Kentwood East – a development of 274 houses and recreational open space; now at 209 occupations
    • Matthewsgreen – Phase 1 (100 units) under construction; opened showhome in July and expect first occupation was in October 2016
    • Matthewsgreen - Phase 2A (84 units) under construction
    • North Wokingham Distributor Road under construction
       

Detailed applications are currently being processed for

    • Matthewsgreen – outline permission has been granted for 760 houses, a primary school, a neighbourhood centre, recreational open space, a community centre, and roads including part of the North Wokingham Distributor Road. A detailed application has been approved for Phase 1, which is the first 100 homes, and is currently under construction with first houses occupied in October. A detailed application for the alignment of the North Wokingham Distributor Road through the site has also been submitted. The Northern Distributor Road roundabout at Twyford Road opened late June 2016
    • Reserved Matters for Phase 2B (87 homes, north west parcel adjacent Toutley Road) have been validated and is being considered
    • Keephatch Beech – outline permission has been granted for 300 homes, a neighbourhood centre, recreational open space and roads including part of the North Wokingham Distributor Road. A detailed application was approved in July 2016
    • Kentwood West – Northern Distributor Road through the site submitted

Outline permission has been granted at Kentwood West for 225 homes. The detailed application has not yet been submitted. There are 2 development sites that cross the boundary with Bracknell Forest at Amen Corner. Amen Corner North is currently under construction. The portion of those developments which fall within Wokingham Borough are limited to outdoor recreational open space, which will likely be managed by Bracknell Forest Council.

A new primary school will be built in Matthewsgreen as part of the development. The school will have 2 classes per year (2 form-entry). The school will be built by us, following transfer of the land.

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 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 3 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. Construction has started for the SANG at Matthewsgreen and will be open soon. 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.

House building plan and principles

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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Getting around

  • The My Journey website is your one stop destination for sustainable travel information, including cycle routes, walking maps, and public transport timetables
  • Visit our transport section for more details about local travel   
     

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Contact us

To find out more about the North Wokingham major development, call us on 0118 974 6066 or communityengagement@wokingham.gov.uk

View the planning applications

To view associated planning applications, make a note of the application number, below, and use our planning application search.

  • O/2011/0699 - Kentwood Farm phase 1
  • O/2013/2295 - Kentwood Farm phase 2
  • F/2012/2031 - Land east of Buttercup Close
  • F/2013/2515 – Land Adjacent to 65 Plough Lane
  • O/2014/2242 - Outline application for 760 new homes at Matthewsgreen
  • 150093 - RM for Phase 1 Matthewsgreen 100 new homes 
  • 152649 (Northern Distributor Road) - Matthewsgreen development
  • 160765 - RM for Phase 2a Matthewsgreen 84 new homes
  • 162140 - RM for Phase 2b Matthewsgreen 87 new homes
  • O/2014/2435 (Outline) Keephatch Beech development
  • 153247 - RM for 300 homes and the Northern Relief Road for Keephatch Beech
  • O/2012/2483 – Amen Corner South
  • O/2014/0718 – Amen Corner North
  • 162213 & 162240 - Realignment of the Northern Distributor Road and the noise bund barrier
  • 162212 - 10 new dwellings as a result of the realignment above; part of Kentwood East

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