South of the M4 Strategic Development Location (SDL)
In Shinfield Parish, the villages of Shinfield, Spencers Wood and Three Mile Cross are being extended and together comprise 1 of our major development areas. There will be homes, a district centre which will include a supermarket, a community centre, a neighbourhood centre, 2 new primary schools, new playing fields and open space, and new roads including a relief road with a bridge over the M4. The University of Reading is building the Thames Valley Science and Innovation Park which will bring the Borough about 55,000 square metres of new employment space. View the South of M4 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 Shinfield 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 and the services 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. If you are a new resident in one of the Shinfield Parish major development locations and would like to receive emails about new resident events, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The next community forum for the South of the M4 development will be held in spring 2017. The last forum was held on:
Read the latest notes from the Shinfield Community Forum (PDF document).
All of the allocated sites that make up this major development location have outline planning permission. Below is a list of the developments with detailed permission.
For Shinfield village, there are currently 2 development sites for houses, one SANG (Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace), and the Science Park:
- Cutbush Lane – this site is located to the northeast of Shinfield Village, just off Cutbush Lane. It consists of 126 houses and associated landscaping and sustainable drainage systems (SUDS). Pre-construction work began in January 2016. Construction started in spring 2016. The show home is expected to be open spring 2017
- Shinfield West – this site is located west of the village green. The site is divided into three sections, each being built by a different developer. Currently, the roads and drainage are being installed for the whole site. A reserved matters application was approved at the July 2016 planning committee meeting for 517 new homes on two parcels to the north and south of the site. Construction is underway and the first occupations were in December 2016. The show homes are now open. A reserved matters application was submitted for a primary school in Shinfield West
- Langley Mead SANG (known as the Loddon SANG) – this site is located south of Shinfield Village, just off Hyde End Road. It consists of open recreational natural space with footpaths along the river, benches, common grazing land, and a car park. The Langley Mead SANG opened in May 2015. Visit the Langley Mead website for more details.
- Thames Valley Science and Innovation Park website - this site is located northeast of Shinfield Village. The site is designated in the Borough’s development plan for employment space. Outline permission for phase 1 (18,850 sqm of floorspace) was granted in May 2010. Detailed permission for phase 1A was granted in August 2015. Construction began in July 2016. A reserved matters application for Phase 1B for a new cancer treatment centre and carpark was approved in December 2016. An outline application is now under consideration for Phase 2 for 57,110 square metres of research and development floorspace.
- The new bridge over the M4, part of the new Eastern Relief Road, is now open. Completion of the Eastern Relief Road has been delayed and is expected to be finished in 2017.
For Spencers Wood, there are currently 6 development sites:
- North of Church Lane - this is located between the M4 and Church Lane to the east of Three Mile Cross. It consists of 175 houses, allotments, playing fields and a children's park. The reserve matters application is going to planning committee in March 2017.
- North of Croft Road - this is located west of Hyde End Lane, north and south of Ryeish Lane, east of Clares Green Road. It consists of 363 houses, a spine road, play areas and open spaces, sustainable drainage, and landscaping. The construction of the road will allow the primary school to be built earlier than was originally scheduled. The reserve matters application is currently under consideration.
- South of Croft Road – this is located to the north of Hyde End Road. It consists of 274 houses, 2 children’s play areas, a footpath, a spine road and a future bus stop. Construction began in early 2015. The first 60 houses are now occupied and the first children's play area will soon open.
- North of Hyde End Road (Reed Land) - this is located north of Hyde End Road and surrounding by the South of Croft Road development. It consists of 32 new homes. This application was received in May 2016.
- North of Croft Road (Denton Land) – this is located to the north of Croft Road near Clares Green Road. It consists of 9 houses. Construction began in April 2015. All 9 houses are now built and occupied.
- East of Basingstoke Road – this is located to the north of Spencers Wood on the east side of the Basingstoke Road. It consists of 100 houses. Pre-construction work began in December 2015. The showhome is now open and the first eight houses are now occupied.
- West of Rose Cottage - this is located on Croft Road. It consists of 4 new homes. Due to the small number of new homes, this application was approved under delegated authority.
- Littlefields - this is located on Croft Road. It consists of 4 new homes. The application was submitted in June 2016.
For Three Mile Cross, a SANG (Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace) recently opened at land to the south of Church Lane:
- May’s Farm SANG – this is located near the junction of Church and Hyde End lanes. It consists of open recreational natural space with a lake, footpaths and a car park. It opened in November 2015. Visit the South of M4 website for more details