19th July 2023
Sports, parks, and recreation
The sports facilities include:
- Sports pitches
- A floodlit all-weather pitch
- An indoor swimming pool for the secondary school
- A sports pitch for the primary school
- Public open space which includes sports pitches
- Children’s play areas including Multi-Use Games Areas (MUGA)
- A BMX track and skate park
- Footpaths, cycleways and bridleways.
The gymnasium provided by Bohunt is now open to the public.
A new multi-use path for walking, cycling and horse riding along Biggs Lane between Waterman's View development and Commonfield Lane has opened. This connects into the wider Greenway project being developed by Wokingham Borough Council.
New parks and open spaces
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
- SANGs (Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace).
SANGs (Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace), 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 Arborfield major development area include:
- Hazebrook nature park – Located in the north part of the site, this nature park is now open. Facilities include paths/walkways, fencing and landscaping.
- West Court nature park – Located in the north part of the site. Full planning permission has been granted for a car parking area, paths/walkways, fencing and landscaping. Technical specifications are to be submitted. This nature park will open prior to the occupation of the 700th house in the Crest Nicholson development.
The details for nature park provision on the Hogwood land (the southern part of the development) are subject to a legal agreement with the council. It will be located next to the West Court nature park.