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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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:
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.