Why we're building an Arborfield relief road
A sustainable new village with about 3,500 new homes is being built on the former Arborfield Garrison site. Shinfield Parish is also seeing significant development, with about 3,000 new homes being built in extensions to Shinfield Village, Three Mile Cross and Spencers Wood. The relief road is intended to minimise the impact of traffic growth on the villages of Arborfield and Arborfield Cross and the surrounding rural lanes.
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The Wokingham Borough Council Local Plan (Core Strategy), which set Arborfield Garrison and Shinfield Parish as major development sites, identified a possible relief road for Arborfield. A study considered four potential routes and made a technical recommendation that Option A be taken forward. We consulted on the options in 2013 and found there was a clear public preference for Option B.
The Council’s Executive approved the progression of Option B in March 2014 and a refinement study was undertaken. Following completion of the refinement work, the Council’s Executive approved the refined Option B to be developed to a full planning application in March 2015.
Current project status
Full Planning Consent was granted for the Relief Road at Planning Comittee on 10 January 2018. Detailed design has commenced which will take into account all planning conditions. The detailed design package will be used to discharge these conditions and allow Balfour Beatty to construct the new road.