The Bell Foundry Lane is being improved as part of the North Wokingham Distributor Road (NWDR) between the roundabout on Twyford Road and the Thames Water Sewage Treatment works. The road will be widened to 7.3m to the north away from Cantley Park. A 3m footway/cycleway will be constructed on the north side of Bell Foundry Lane separated by a 2m tree lined verge and 3m grassed swale to capture run off from the road and footway. The bend on the corner of Cantley Park is being smoothed out and a footway cycleway will be constructed within Cantley Park from the bend at the east end of Bell Foundry Lane and link with the existing footway/cycleway adjacent to Ashridge Farmhouse.
The Ashridge Farm Section of the NWDR will continue from the Thames Water Sewage Treatment Works access on Bell Foundry Lane, north of Ashridge Farm and connect to the new roundabout on Warren House Road.
Current project status
We are currently awaiting for the reserved matters application to be concluded so that Detailed Design can commence.
Improvements to the existing Bell Foundry Lane received outline planning consent in October 2016 as part of a hybrid Planning Application by developer Berkeley Homes for a residential Development north of Bell Foundry Lane (Planning Ref 161839).
Following Outline consent , Wokingham Borough Council agreed to deliver the road improvements and has undertaken preliminary design in order to satisfy the reserved matters. A reserved matters Application was submitted to the Planning Authority in October 2017 and we expect these to be concluded in early 2018 to enable detailed design to commence.
Following conclusion of the reserved matters, detailed design will be undertaken in order to produce construction drawings and allow and planning conditions to be discharged. Detailed Design is programmed to take place in early 2018 to allow construction to commence in the Summer of 2018.
Subject to concluding the reserved matters and satisfying any planning conditions, construction of the road is planned to commence in summer 2018.
Advanced arboriculture work including crown lifting and removal of some select trees is scheduled to take place before the end of February 2018 ahead of Bird Nesting Season.
Berkeley Homes will also be constructing the first 100m of new footway/cycleway in March 2018 between Twyford Road and the first development access as this is a pre-occupation condition of their planning permission.