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.