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Bell Foundry Lane

Bell Foundry Lane

Current project status

Bell Foundry Lane is being improved as part of the North Wokingham Distributor Road (NWDR) between the roundabout on Twyford Road and the Thames Water Sewage Treatment works. 

Planning application

Improvements to the existing Bell Foundry Lane received outline planning consent in October 2016 as part of a hybrid planning application by developer Berkeley Homes for a residential development north of Bell Foundry Lane (Planning Ref 161839).

Following outline consent, Wokingham Borough Council agreed to deliver the road improvements and undertook preliminary design in order to satisfy the reserved matters.  A reserved matters application was submitted to the Planning Authority in October 2017.

Reserved matters have now been concluded allowing the completion of detailed design and preparations for construction. 

Design

Detailed design has now been completed with construction drawings enabling planning conditions to be discharged.

Construction

Improvements are being made to Bell Foundry Lane, between the roundabout on Twyford Road and the Thames Water Sewage Treatment works.  The road will be widened to 7.3 metre to the north away from Cantley Park. 

A 3 metre footway/cycleway will be constructed on the north side of Bell Foundry Lane separated by a 2 metre tree lined verge and 3 metre grassed swale to capture run off from the road and footway. The bend on the corner of Cantley Park is being smoothed out and a footway cycleway will be constructed within Cantley Park from the bend at the east end of Bell Foundry Lane and link with the existing footway/cycleway adjacent to Ashridge Farmhouse.

The Ashridge Farm Section of the North Wokingham Distributor Road (NWDR) will continue from the Thames Water Sewage Treatment Works access on Bell Foundry Lane, north of Ashridge Farm and connect to the new roundabout on Warren House Road. This is being delivered as a separate scheme currently programmed for construction in 2020.

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