Residents are being invited to comment on planning applications submitted for a major housing development proposed in South Wokingham.
The applications are for about 1,700 homes to the south of the railway line and include a new primary school, community facilities, parks and play areas. The plans will also show proposed flood mitigation and set out how the developers plan to deal with transport issues.
“This major development is part of the long-term, agreed strategic plans for providing the housing we need here in the borough and we want to ensure the details in the applications are right. We are writing directly to residents in the area to make sure they are aware of the proposal and have the opportunity to provide their comments. They will also be able to see the proposals at the community forum next week,” said Cllr Wayne Smith, executive member for planning and enforcement at Wokingham Borough Council.
The council is also holding a community drop-in forum on Thursday 20 June from 7 to 9pm at St Crispin’s School, giving residents the opportunity to view the plans and discuss them with the applicants.
A separate planning application is due to be submitted this summer for the next phase of the South Wokingham Distributor Road (SWDR) – the middle section of the road. Phase one of the SWDR, William Heelas Way, is complete and runs through the Montague Park housing development. Phase two, the eastern gateway, which already has planning consent, will connect Montague Park to Waterloo Road, with construction due to start later this year. Once finished the road will provide access to the 2,500 new homes in the South Wokingham area as well as relieve some of the town centre pressure.
Residents will be able to give their comments on the planning application for the final phase of the SWDR, before the planning application is submitted, at council-staffed exhibitions at venues across Wokingham this month at:
- Thursday 20 June St Crispin’s School, London Road7am to 9pm
- Saturday 22 June Wokingham Town Hall10am to 5pm
- Monday 24 JuneSt Sebastian’s Memorial Hall, Nine Mile Ride 6pm to 9pm
- Tuesday 25 JuneWokingham Town Hall10am to 5pm
For those people unable to attend the South Wokingham distributor road exhibitions, they can visit the council’s website www.wokingham.gov.uk to share their views prior to the submission of the planning application.