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Arborfield Garrison major development

Arborfield Garrison major development

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Arborfield Garrison Strategic Development Location (SDL)

The military has moved out of the Arborfield Garrison site. This provides an opportunity for us to build a sustainable new village by redeveloping the site. In addition to homes, the new village will have schools and sports pitches, a district centre with a food store and other shops, offices, restaurants and cafes and other typical district centre uses. There will also be children’s play parks including a skate park, community gardens and allotments, and new roads, footpaths, and cycle and bridleways. The development will include an extension to the existing Hogwood Industrial Estate providing additional employment opportunities. 

The northern part of the site will have up to 2,000 houses, including a facility for supported housing for older people, a district centre that will include community facilities and a food store, a neighbourhood centre, a secondary and a primary school, and a village square. Full permission was granted for the creation of 2 outdoor natural recreation areas, the conversion of an existing Ministry of Defence gym to a sports/community centre, and highways improvements.

Bohunt Secondary School Wokingham welcomed over 100 new pupils in September 2016, as the first new secondary school in the borough in over half a century. New cycle and footpaths between Sheerlands Road and Princess Marina Drive are now open and are part of the safe routes to the new school.

The outline planning application for the southern part of the development was approved in October 2015, with a latter revision being approved in November 2018, following a redesign of the site. The planning permission is for up to 1,500 new houses, new industrial floor space, a neighbourhood centre, a primary school, new sports pitches, highways improvements, and open space including a children’s play area. 

For any site issues please contact the developer or the Council's Compliance Officers at Construction.Problems@wokingham.gov.uk.   

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Reserved matters applications

We have received 14 separate reserved matters applications which fall under the overarching outline planning applications for 3,500 homes. Of the 1,218 homes that have been approved through reserved matters applications, over 550 homes were occupied in March 2020.

Observer Way

The new relief road, Observer Way, opened to traffic in November 2020 and connects the A327 Reading Road to the A327 Eversley Road, taking traffic around the villages of Arborfield and Arborfield Cross. 

New District Centre design brief underway

The District Centre design brief has been submitted and is currently under review. This document provides a high level vision of the uses and access into the District Centre adjacent to the Bohunt School.

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  

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

Up to 3500 new homes

The Arborfield Garrison site will see up to 3,500 new homes in total, with about 2,000 on the northern part of the site and 1,500 on the southern.The northern part of the site is being developed by Crest Nicholson. The southern part of the site is being developed by Legal and General (L and G), following their acquisition of the site. Outline planning permission has been granted for the whole development.

Construction progress

Construction on the northern part of the site is well underway. Planning has been granted for over 1,000 units, to date, and many of the first phases being completed or near completion. The first homes have been completed and were occupied in October 2016.

Northern sector:

  • Parcel 01 - 113 new homes. All complete
  • Parcel A - G - 223 new homes. 119 homes complete
  • Parcel AA - 44 new homes
  • Parcel C2 - 104 new apartments
  • Parcels H, I, J - 185 new homes. 93 homes complete
  • Parcel K - 12 new homes. All complete
  • Parcel M - 37 new homes. 8 complete
  • Parcel Q - 114 new apartments. 40 complete
  • Parcel T - 127 new homes. All complete
  • Parcel U2 - 79 new homes. 30 complete
  • Parcel U1 and V2 - 110 new homes
  • Parcel X - 70 new homes

Southern sector:

  • For the southern part of the site the first phase has recently begun
  • Phase 1 - 178 new homes. 16 complete

Arborfield Cross Relief Road - Observer Way

We have built a new relief road as part of the Arborfield major development which is intended to minimise the impact of traffic growth on the villages of Arborfield and Arborfield Cross and the surrounding rural lanes. The road opened in November 2020 and now connects the A327 in the north at a roundabout west of Bridge Farm  to the A327 Eversley Road.

Nine Mile Ride Extension

We are also extending Nine Mile Ride. The extension will begin where Nine Mile Ride currently ends at Park Lane and will run through the new development to link up with the A327 Eversley Road. The northern section of this road has already been delivered within the Crest development and provides access to Bohunt Secondary School.

See the major new roads map. See the major new roads page.

New secondary school

We built a new secondary school in Arborfield, which opened in September 2016. The school is run by Bohunt Educational Trust.

Two new primary schools

The new village will have two primary schools: one located on the northern part of the site which has had an application approved under 180846 and one on the southern part. Both primary schools will have two classes per year (two form-entry). The primary school located within the north of the development, accessed off Biggs Lane, is under construction and the school in the southern part of the development will come as part of a later phase.

The development will include a district centre and two neighbourhood centres, one to the north and one to the south.

  • The district centre will likely include a food store and a community centre. The outline planning permission includes additional space that allows a range of other potential uses in the district centre, such as shops, banks and estate agents, restaurants and cafes, pubs and wine bars, hot food takeaways, offices, non-residential institutions such as clinics and nurseries, and leisure facilities such as cinemas and bowling alleys. A design brief has been submitted and is currently under review. Whilst this document is high level, it does provide details of potential uses within the centre.  There will be some flats and houses on the upper floors of the district centre buildings.
  • The 2 neighbourhood centres will be designed to act as community hubs within the new residential neighbourhoods, providing local retail, community, recreation and education facilities for the residents to enable them to access local facilities without the need to travel. The northern neighbourhood centre, located off Biggs Lane near the primary school, has permission and is currently under construction.
  • The development will include extra care facilities of around 80 self-contained homes for older people with varying levels of care and support available on site. Outline permission has been granted for the extra care facilities but the details are yet to be decided.

The sports facilities include sports pitches, a floodlit all-weather pitch and 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, and 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, allotments and 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.

The development proposes an extension to the existing Hogwood Industrial Estate of about 12,000 square metres of new employment space. Through the use of design codes and the consideration of the detailed planning application, we will ensure that the new employment area is designed to a high quality. It will allow for a range of sizes and types of space for incubator and start up businesses, as well as provide the opportunity for businesses to expand and improve their premises. Further employment opportunities will be provided in the new village and neighbourhood centres.

Future development of the borough

With a lot more housing needed in the borough in the years ahead, we are currently working on our blueprint to ensure the new homes are built in the right places and come with the right schools, roads and facilities.

Updated national government policy provides a standard method of calculating the minimum number of homes that each council should plan for. 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 page.

The parishes of Arborfield and Barkham are also working on a joint neighbourhood plan which will follow the boundaries of both civil parishes and therefore include the northern half of the major development area.

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