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Regeneration proposals to be considered by planning committee

Regeneration proposals to be considered by planning committee

18 March 2016
Elms Field

The next phase of Wokingham Borough Council's town centre regeneration plans - the Elms Field development - is set to be considered by the planning committee on Wednesday 30  March. 


The committee will consider detailed designs for a mixed use development, which includes new retail and leisure space, a medium sized foodstore, boutique cinema, hotel, through road, parking and a range of new homes all framing a fantastic town park. Proposals also include moving the existing Elms Road so the park connects directly to the pedestrian areas and improvements to the open space such as a bigger and better play area, installing services to help improve community events, and areas of seating and planting for relaxation.


Cllr Philip Mirfin, executive member for regeneration and communities, said: "The regeneration proposals have continued to come together to create a town centre that meets local needs. We have continued to talk to local residents and businesses, as well as those businesses interested in locating to the town centre to get the balance and mix right.


“We believe that getting a better variety of shops, along with leisure facilities like the new cinema, pedestrianised areas and a fantastic town park with improved facilities will really help attract people to the town centre and stop people having to go elsewhere.”


Subject to receiving planning consent, the council would look to start developing the phased scheme in spring 2017 with completion in 2019.


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