Plans to build 302 homes at Amen Corner have been submitted to Bracknell Forest Council.

The Persimmon Homes development is on land between London Road and the A329(M). The site does not take in the former John Nike ice rink.

Documents were first submitted in March 2018, and it has seen several iterations since then. In June 2018, it was for 422 homes, but a request by the neighbouring council’s planning department for more time to determine it saw it revised to the current scheme.

Under the new plans, 226 homes would be on the private market and 76 would be affordable, broken down into 23 shared ownership, 32 affordable rent and 21 social rented properties.

The development would comprise a mix of 190 houses and 112 apartments contained within 11 apartment blocks.

As well as the homes, Persimmon has applied to build a three-storey commercial unit with parking and a building for residential and retail use to the north east of the site.

Vehicular access would be provided from London Road, with a spine road linking the development with Beehive Road, Cain Road and John Nike Way.

The site has been allocated for development in the Bracknell Forest Local Plan from 2013, designated Policy SA8, for 725 homes, a neighbourhood centre and a primary school.

The development also stretches across the border with Wokingham Borough, with an area far to the west of the site being proposed as public green space falling in the neighbouring borough’s jurisdiction.

A letter submitted by Wokingham Borough Council’s planning department supported the principle of new green space being created but raised questions over Persimmon Homes’ traffic modelling of the cross junction between London Road, John Nike Way and Russell Chase.

No expiry date for the application has been set yet, so it is unclear when it will be determined by Bracknell Forest Council’s planning committee.

Image source: Persimmon Homes

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