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How much housing is needed?

The housing targets are outlined in under policy CP17 in the Adopted Core Strategy (PDF document.)

Where are the new houses being built?

We identified areas of land where new houses could be built. These areas are referred to as Strategic Development Locations. They are located to the north and south of Wokingham, at Arborfield Garrison and south of the M4.

Smaller sites for housing will come forward through the Managing Development Delivery Local Plan.

Housing options report

The GL Hearn Property Consultants Report (PDF document) looks at options for housing targets in the Borough up to 2026.

The Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document (PDF document) supports policy CP5 in the Core Strategy for delivering affordable housing.

Read our Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document Adoption Statement (PDF document.)

Our Final Determination Statement (PDF document) determined that a Strategic Environmental Assessment was not required.

The purpose of the study

We appointed Levvel to undertake an  Affordable Housing Viability Study (PDF document). This study was  updated in 2009 (PDF document) and this has helped us to formulate policies for affordable housing in our  very important planning policy documents.

The objectives of the Affordable Housing Viability Study were:

  • To assess the impact on economic viability of options for affordable housing policy with combinations of thresholds, quotas, tenure mixes and grant assumptions;
  • To provide a robust evidence base in order to support preparation of the  Core Strategy, other Local Plan documents relating to affordable housing.

The study also required an assessment of the costs and financial implications of house building in the Borough, including consideration of the Borough Council’s requirements for s106 contributions.

What is a Strategic Housing Marketing Assessment?

Undertaking a SHMA is a key requirement of Government’s planning for housing policy, set out in the  National Planning Policy Framework (PDF document) and the National Planning Practice Guidance.

The Berkshire and South Bucks SHMA is a technical study undertaken by GL Hearn to assess the future housing need for Berkshire and South Bucks up until 2036.

See the presentation of the results of the SHMA here:


Read the latest press releases on the SHMA here:

We ask for affordable housing to be provided within the borough to assist people who are unable to access suitable accommodation on the open market.

There is more detail about the amount and size of the units required in the supporting text to policy CP5 of our adopted Core Strategy. In addition to policy CP5, the Council has an Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) (PDF Document).

Subsequent Local Plans may vary the proportions for affordable housing of allocated sites having regard to the specific viability of the site. For site specific advice about affordable housing you should contact our Development Management Team for pre-application advice.

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