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North Wokingham major development

North Wokingham major development

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North Wokingham Strategic Development Location (SDL)

The North Wokingham major development site is an urban extension of Wokingham town, on land adjoining the Kentwood and Matthewsgreen neighbourhoods and Keephatch Beech. The development will bring new homes, a primary school and a neighbourhood centre with shopping facilities, open spaces and new roads, including the North Wokingham Distributor Road. 

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Community forums

Get involved and help us build real communities, not just buildings. We have created community forums for each major development area. The forums are your way to find out what is happening and to get involved. If you would like to be notified of future North Wokingham forums, sign up for our newsletter.

Next forum - January 2020 - venue and date to be confirmed

We look forward to you joining us at our next forum in January 2020. This will run from 7pm to 9pm. The first hour will be a question and answer session followed by an opportunity to meet and speak with officers and guests about the North Wokingham major development, including topics such as planning, major new roads, nature parks, new primary school, community centre and more.

Matthewsgreen Primary School and Community Centre

We gathered feedback from our community regarding the design of Matthewsgreen Primary School and the adjacent community facility and a reserved matters application was approved in February 2018. (ref: 172331). A new primary school will be built in Matthewsgreen as part of the development. The school will have 1 class per year (1 form-entry), with the ability to expand to 2 classes per year. The school will be built by the council, following the successful transfer of the land this year.  

The community facility will be approximately 500 square metres and will be linked and adjacent to the primary school.  Each building will have a separate entrance and facilities between the school and community centre will be able to be shared if and when needed. There will be a school staff car park as well as community parking and a school drop-off area provided.

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  

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

Read the Mulberry Grove, Wokingham Facebook page. 

The North Wokingham area will see just under 1,900 new homes in total. Some of the homes will be affordable, which will include social rental homes and shared ownership homes. 

  • Matthewsgreen Farm - 760 new homes. To date, reserved matters approval has been granted for 597 dwellings. Phases 1a and 2a are now complete. Phases 2b, 3 and 4 are currently under construction. Around 168 of the homes on site will be affordable
  • Bell Farm - 127 new homes. 52 homes have already been completed
  • East Kentwood - 284 new homes. All complete
  • West Kentwood - 225 new homes. 44 homes have already been completed
  • Keephatch Beech - 300 new homes. 61 homes have already been completed
  • Land at Plough Farm - 150 new homes. All complete
  • Land at Buttercup Close - 30 new homes. All complete
  • Land adjacent to 65 Plough Lane - 2 new homes. All complete

 

North Wokingham Distributor Road

The North Wokingham major development includes a new distributor road which will provide access to the new developments and help minimise the impact of increased traffic. The new road will be built in phases, as the housing developments adjacent to the different phases are built. Read the North Wokingham Distributor Road web page for more details.

See the Major New Roads mapSee the Major New Roads webpage.       

Matthewsgreen primary school and community centre reserved matters application was approved in February 2018. (ref: 172331). A new primary school will be built in Matthewsgreen as part of the development. The school will have 1 class per year (1 form-entry), with the ability to expand to 2 classes per year. The school will be built by the council, following the successful transfer of the land this year.

Matthewsgreen primary school and community centre reserved matters application was approved in February 2018. (ref: 172331). The development will include a neighbourhood centre with shops and other community uses. There will also be a community centre that will be attached to the primary school. It is proposed that there will be a restaurant and/or pub as part of the Keephatch Beech site and it is likely that there will also be a Park and Ride scheme, with buses into Reading.

Wokingham Borough has sports facilities at Cantley Park, which is located near the North Wokingham major development area. The new developments will contribute financially to an upgrade of the existing pitches and facilities at Cantley Park and additional tennis courts. Additional funds will go to support the new sports hub in South Wokingham at Gray’s Farm.

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 nature parks (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.

In North Wokingham, there will be 4 new nature parks along the A329M, with footpaths, ponds and landscaping. The Kentwood Farm nature park is already open and consists of 4 hectares of open space and a temporary car park. The Matthewsgreen nature park is now open. The Bell Farm nature park, which runs along the A329M, is now open. The Bell Farm nature park, which runs along the A329M, is now open. The footpath between Emmbrook School and Forrest Road is now open.  

The Matthewsgreen neighbourhood will have 2 children’s play areas. The Keephatch Beech development will have an area of allotments and a noise-reducing hill with a fence along the A329M.

New Thames Valley Science and Innovation Park

The Thames Valley Science and Innovation Park (TVSP) will be a cluster of knowledge-based businesses, to assist growing companies. The proposed Thames Valley Science and Innovation Park will comprise employment floor space and be linked to the University of Reading. Outline planning permission has been granted for phase 1 which is about 18,850 square metres of floor space. Reserved matters for phase 1A has been approved and is now under construction. Phase 2 an outline application is currently being considered for 57,110 square metres of research and development floor space.

The Thames Valley Science and Innovation Park will offer opportunities for the borough’s highly skilled and knowledgeable workforce. The TVSP will help with the sustainability of the Shinfield Parish major development area. It will become a place where people can choose to live, work and shop in very close proximity, and can use alternatives to the car to get around.

More widely, the TVSP will have close transport links to London and Heathrow and help to highlight the University of Reading as a promoter of research and development.

The TVSP will deliver a high quality, flagship development within Wokingham Borough. It will encourage inward investment and a new commercial offering to the knowledge-economy markets in London, the Thames Valley and the South East.

Future development of the borough

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

An independent assessment of the area’s housing needs conducted last year (the Strategic Housing Market Assessment) showed that the borough will have to accommodate about 850 new homes a year up to 2036. 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 webpage.

Contact us

To find out more about the North Wokingham major development, call us on  0118 974 6066 or  communityengagement@wokingham.gov.uk

View the planning applications

To view planning applications, make a note of the application number on the  progress map and use our  planning application search.


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