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South Wokingham major development

South Wokingham major development

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South Wokingham Strategic Development Location (SDL)

The South Wokingham major development is an urban extension of Wokingham town, Montague Park and south of the railway between the boundary with Bracknell Forest and Finchampstead Road. It will include new homes, new primary schools, local shopping and community facilities in 2 new neighbourhood centres, open spaces and roads including a South Wokingham Distributor Road.    

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

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The site north of the railway line, Montague Park, is primarily complete. The neighbourhood centre is currently under construction and will include retail and commercial space as well as a community centre and 2 children's playgrounds, as well as 115 new homes.    

The site south of the railway line is at an earlier stage. There are currently 3 planning applications being considered. For more information, see the progress map (thumbnail image above). 

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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  • 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.

Read the Montague Park Wokingham Community Group Facebook page.

The South Wokingham site will see around 2,500 new homes in total, with up to 636 north of the railway and 1,840 to the south. The part of the development north of the railway is currently being developed by David Wilson Homes and Barratt Homes as Montague Park. About 580 homes were completed by March 2020 and are being lived in. The first children's play area opened in September 2016. The project is expected to be complete by 2021.

The majority of the site is located south of the railway line and will require a new bridge across the railway so the South Wokingham Distributor Road can continue through the development.

There are currently 3 planning applications being considered. for development south of the railway. Refs. 191068, 190914, 190900.

South Wokingham Distributor Road

A new South Wokingham Distributor Road will be built as part of the South Wokingham major development, to create access for the new homes and minimise the impact of the increase in traffic on nearby residential roads.

Phase 1

The first phase, William Heelas Way in the Montague Park development, has already been built. 

Phase 2

The second phase will extend William Heelas Way across the railway line and connect to Waterloo Road. This phase has planning permission and construction is underway. 

Phase 3 and 4

The third and fourth phases will pick up from Waterloo Road and continue to new junctions at Easthampstead Road and Finchampstead Road, connecting to the existing Tesco roundabout. 

More details

See the Major New Roads map and the Major New Roads page  

2 new primary schools

There will be 2 new primary schools - 1 located in the Montague Park development to the north of the railway and 1 to the south.

Floreat Montague Park Primary School opened in September 2016 and moved into the permanent building in early spring 2017. The school south of the railway will be included in the planning applications for that part of the development.

There will be a neighbourhood centre in the Montague Park development (north of the railway) which will include a small community building and shops. To the south of the railway line there will be a second larger neighbourhood centre, which will include local retail and community facilities.

An all-weather sports pitch is now open at Floreat Montague Park Primary School. The pitch is available for community use outside of school hours. There will also be 4 children’s play parks - the first opened in September 2016. Sports and recreational facilities will be provided in the south of the railway development. Details will be set through the masterplanning process.

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.

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 South Wokingham major development area include:

  • Montague nature park – Located in the Montague Park development north of the railway. It is now open to the public
  • The southern part of the development will include nature parks. Details will emerge through the planning application

Montague Park update - 13 November 2020

It has come to our attention that there is some misleading information being circulated regarding works to the park at Montague Park and so we wanted to take this opportunity to give you the facts.   

The recent works that you may have seen taking place on site are to support the development of the wildflower meadow on a section of the park. The requirement for this land to be a wildflower meadow is a condition of the planning permission, and also a requirement of the Natural England guidelines for the creation of the park. 

There is a three stage process that needs to happen in order to create the wildflower meadow at Montague Park:

  1. The treatment and removal of weeds
  2. Preparation of the ground for the wildflower seed mix
  3. Sowing of the soil with the wildflower seed mix

We understand that David Wilson Homes (DWH) have now largely completed these three stages on site, although some patches remain as the ground was too wet and these will need to be rectified in spring next year.

We are aware of reports that members of the public have been challenging the contractor who is undertaking the works and preventing the workers from finishing their tasks. As well as the health and safety risks to the public of approaching the machinery, this disruption causes further delays to the schedule. This in turn pushes us further into the winter months and puts the success of the establishment of the meadow at risk.

Whilst the Council has been working closely with DWH, it is important to note that DWH is the land owner of the park and it is their contractors who are carrying out the works on site. The Council is able to advise DWH on matters relating to the park but does not have direct control. It is DWH's responsibility to keep residents informed of works taking place at the park and we have reminded them that they must do this moving forward.

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 webpage.

Contact us

To find out more about the South Wokingham major development, email us at: cem@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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