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North Wokingham major development

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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. 

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).

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.

Or, come along to the community forum on 30 March (details above) to learn more and give us your views in person.

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.

Major Development Progress

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. Reserved matters applications for Matthewsgreen phase 2A for 82 new homes was approved in July 2016 and for phase 2B for 87 new homes was approved in November 2016.  Work has begun on both 2A and 2B. An application to adjust the alignment of the North Wokingham Relief Road in Kentwood Farm East, which includes an additional 10 houses, was approved in November 2016. Construction started on Bell Farm in February 2017. A details application for Kentwood West was submitted in January 2017.

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 new homes) under construction; opened showhome in July and expect first occupation was in October 2016
    • Matthewsgreen - Phase 2A (84 new homes) under construction
    • Matthewsgreen - Phase 2B (87 new homes) under construction
    • Bell Farm - 127 new houses, a SANG (nature park) and part of the North Wokingham Distributor Road
    • North Wokingham Distributor Road under construction 
    • Keephatch Beech – outline permission was 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 and archaeological works are currently underway with construction starting in March 2017
 

Detailed applications are currently being processed for

    • Kentwood West - Outline permission has been granted at Kentwood West for 225 homes. The detailed application is currently under consideration and includes the Northern Distributor Road through the site
 

There are 3 development sites that cross the boundary with Bracknell Forest at Amen Corner: 

  • Amen Corner North - 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
  • Amen Corner South - currently under consideration. The portion of this development which falls within Wokingham Borough is limited to outdoor recreational open space, which will likely be managed by Bracknell Forest Council 
  • Land south of Foxley Lane - Bracknell Forest Council is currently considering an outline application for 350 houses, with open space, a primary school, a medical centre with a pharmacy, sports playing fields and pavilion. The application number for the Bracknell Forest application is 16/01196/OUT. The open space (SANG) is located in Wokingham Borough, application number 163396 and will go to Planning Committee in spring 2017.

 

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 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.

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
  • 170083 - RM for Kentwood Farm West
  • 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, cross boundary with Bracknell
  • O/2014/0718 – Amen Corner North, cross boundary with Bracknell
  • 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
  • 161839 - Bell Farm Lane
  • 163396 - Foxley Lane, open space SANG, cross boundary with Bracknell

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