Wokingham plans to build more than 1,600 homes and a major new road
More than 1,600 homes and a new road are expected to be built in Wokingham as part of a huge phase of work to extend the town south of the railway line.
The applications, which will be considered by Wokingham City Council on Tuesday, May 18, also include a primary school, a community facility and a new nature park.
The plans are part of South Wokingham’s major development to build houses, schools and shops south of the railway line between the border with Bracknell Forest and Finchampstead Road.
The new community would be linked to Wokingham by the South Wokingham Distributor Road, which will link London Road in the north to Finchampstead Road in the south.
Plans for the 2.7km single carriageway – which would include a link to Heathlands Road – include a shared 3m wide cycle lane and footpath.
Two properties on Finchampstead Road would need to be demolished for the road to be built.
The new houses would be built on fields intended for development under the South Wokingham Strategic Development Location (SDL).
The plans to be submitted to the advisers are divided into five sections:
Up to 1,434 homes, an elementary school, community facilities, public green spaces and play areas
Up to 215 homes east of the development, on land next to Bigwood House
The main section of the South Wokingham distribution road from the East Gate to Finchampstead Road
Improvements at the junction of Finchampstead Road and Molly Millars Lane, including replacing the existing mini roundabout with a larger roundabout; demolition of 81 and 83/85, chemin Finchampstead.
St Anne’s SANG (Appropriate Alternative Greenspace) – a 7.83 hectare park that would be linked to Buckhurst Meadows
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Council documents indicate that the new road would be a “fundamental piece of infrastructure, a new continuous road crossing the SDL connecting the A329 London Road in the north to the A321 Finchampstead Road in the south.
“The new road would provide access to development and form a corridor for sustainable travel, while reducing traffic in historic Wokingham town center.”
The first section of the road – from London Road to the railway line – has already been completed as part of the development of Montague Park – formerly Buckhurst Farm.
The second section, known as the Eastern Gateway, connects William Heelas Way to Waterloo Road via a new bridge over the Reading-Waterloo railway line.
The planning permission was granted in February 2018 and the work is in progress.
A later phase would see the construction of another 190 houses southeast of Finchampstead Road, but this is not part of the current planning request.
The applications were recommended for conditional approval at the Special Planning Committee meeting which will begin at 7 p.m. on May 18.