Two public consultation events are being held this month (February) looking at the draft pre-application planning proposals for the next stage of the multi-million pound regeneration of the Gorse Ride estate.
The drop-in sessions on the 9th (10am -1.30pm) and 15th (3 -7.30pm) February, at St Mary’s and St John’s Parish Centre in Finchampstead, will give residents and interested parties the chance to see, ask questions, and give their feedback on the draft proposals.
Wokingham Borough Council wants to replace the outdated homes on the estate - those with timber frames and modular construction - with fresh modern ones.
The first phase of this project is well underway with the former Cockayne Court Care Home and surrounding properties now demolished. They are being replaced with 46 homes, built by the council’s development company Wokingham Housing.
The forthcoming drop-in sessions will focus on the next phase, which includes Firs Close, Dart Close, Orbit Close, Billing Avenue and parts of Whittle Close and Gorse Ride South. This phase has some 256 new homes. The proposals for this are at an early stage of development, but members of the project team will be at the sessions to explain the proposals and answer questions.
The plan is to hold further public exhibitions this spring to show the updated proposals before they are submitted to the council as a full planning application in the summer.
“This is why it’s so important to come along to view the plans this February,” said Cllr Parry Batth, executive member for adult social care, health and wellbeing.
“This is your chance to really shape them to make sure we’re on the right track. We’ll then update them and come back with them again in April to see if there are any minor amends needed before they’re submitted as a planning application.”
The regeneration overall is expected to create some 80 additional new homes on the housing register – a mix of one and two bedroom bungalows and apartments, and two to five bedroom houses. Space for these extra homes will be found by removing unsightly and under-used garages and alleys, while retaining most of the mature trees.
For more information about the drop-ins contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (0118) 974 6587.