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South Wokingham major development

South Wokingham major development

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South Wokingham Strategic Development Location (SDL)

The South Wokingham major development is an urban extension of Wokingham town, Montague Park and south of the railway between the boundary with Bracknell Forest and Finchampstead Road. It will include new homes, new primary schools, local shopping and community facilities in two new neighbourhood centres, open spaces and roads including a South Wokingham Distributor Road.    

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Community forums

Get involved and help us build real communities, not just buildings. 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 South Wokingham forums, sign up for our newsletter.

Stay tuned for the date of the next forum

The next community forum for the South Wokingham development area will be held in summer 2017.

 See the documents from the 16 November 2016 forum, below 

 

The site north of the railway line, Montague Park, is being built in 7 phases:

  • Phase 1, 2, 3, 4 - Complete
  • Phase 5 - 195 new homes. Full permission granted in August 2014. Under construction
  • Phase 6 - Neighbourhood centre to include retail and other commercial space as well as a community centre and a children’s playground. A details application is going to April planning committee
  • Phase 7 - 100 new homes, a children’s playground and allotments. Under construction

The site south of the railway line is in the pre-application masterplanning stage, which is currently underway by a consortium of developers and land owners.

A land development company, Gladman Developments Ltd, is currently consulting local residents about a potential future proposal for up to 250 homes on land off the Finchampstead Road. This proposal has not received any endorsement from Wokingham Borough Council and the site has not been allocated for development through the Local Plan. See the Gladman statement (PDF document) for more information.

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  

Rubbish and recycling information

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

Find your nearest doctors surgery

To find your nearest doctors surgery, type your location into the NHS choices website.

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.

Email communityengagement@wokingham.gov.uk to find out about the community building work we are doing in your area.

Read the Montague Park Wokingham Community Group Facebook page.

The South Wokingham site will see around 2,500 new homes in total, with up to 655 north of the railway and 1,840 to the south. The part of the development north of the railway is currently being developed by David Wilson Homes and Barratt Homes as Montague Park. About 365 homes were completed by May 2017 and are being lived in. The first children's play area opened in September 2016. The project is expected to be complete by 2020.

The majority of the site is located south of the railway line and will require a new bridge across the railway so the South Wokingham Distributor Road can continue through the development. We are working with Network Rail to deliver the bridge by the end of 2018. Once the details of the bridge have been agreed, the consortium can start work refining the Masterplan.

2 new primary schools

There will be 2 new primary schools - 1 located in the Montague Park development to the north of the railway and 1 to the south.

Floreat Montague Park Primary School opened in September 2016 and moved into the permanent building in early spring 2017. Details for the school south of the railway school will emerge through the masterplanning process.

There will be a neighbourhood centre in the Montague Park development (north of the railway) which will include a small community building and shops. To the south of the railway line there will be a second larger neighbourhood centre. While details will be set through the masterplanning process, it will include local retail and community facilities.

An all-weather sports pitch is now under construction at Floreat Montague Park Primary School. The pitch will be available for community use outside of school hours. There will also be 4 children’s play parks, the first opened in September 2016. Sports and recreational facilities will be provided in the south of the railway development. Details will be set through the masterplanning process.

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, commonly called nature parks, 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 is highly sensitive to visitors. 

The nature parks to be provided as part of the South Wokingham major development area include

  • Montague nature park – Located in the Montague Park development north of the railway. It is open to the public, although there are still a few outstanding works to be carried out. Currently maintenance and some new planting are being done on site.
  • The southern part of the development will include SANG provision - details will be provided through the masterplanning process

New Thames Valley Science and Innovation Park

The Thames Valley Science and Innovation Park (TVSP) will be a cluster of knowledge-based businesses, to assist growing companies. The proposed Thames Valley Science and Innovation Park will comprise employment floor space and be linked to the University of Reading. Outline planning permission has been granted for phase 1 which is about 18,850 square metres of floor space. Reserved matters for phase 1A has been approved and is now under construction. Phase 2 an outline application is currently being considered for 57,110 square metres of research and development floor space.

The Thames Valley Science and Innovation Park will offer opportunities for the borough’s highly skilled and knowledgeable workforce. The TVSP will help with the sustainability of the Shinfield Parish major development area. It will become a place where people can choose to live, work and shop in very close proximity, and can use alternatives to the car to get around.

More widely, the TVSP will have close transport links to London and Heathrow and help to highlight the University of Reading as a promoter of research and development.

The TVSP will deliver a high quality, flagship development within Wokingham Borough. It will encourage inward investment and a new commercial offering to the knowledge-economy markets in London, the Thames Valley and the South East.

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.

Contact us

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

View the planning applications

To view planning applications, make a note of the application number on the progress map and use our planning application search.


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