Planning applications for up to1,649 homes, a school, a district centre, open space, plus roads and footpaths go before councillors in Wokingham this week – all recommended for approval.

Wokingham Borough Council’s planning committee will consider five applications at an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday, May 18.

It is the second phase of the major South Wokingham development of 2,500 homes. The first phase, Montague Park, which is north of the railway line, is now open to some of its new residents.

The planning applications now due for consideration are for:

  • The main section of the South Wokingham distributor road
  • Western Gateway – improvements to the junction of Finchampstead Road and Molly Millars Lane
  • Up to 1,434 new homes, a primary school, a district centre and nature parks across 90.93 hectares – put forward by Keir Ventures and Miller Homes
  • Up to 215 new homes on 6.29 hectares to the east of the development, adjacent to Bigwood – put forward by Kingacre Estates
  • St Anne’s SANG, a nature park of 7.83 hectares which will connect to Buckhurst Meadows – put forward by Kingacre Estates

Cllr Wayne Smith, executive member for planning and enforcement, said: “With these planning applications, our vision from 2010 is nearing completion – it is the last piece of the puzzle to create four self-contained new communities, each with the right infrastructure to serve its population.

“By carefully planning new development we have been able to ensure developers pay for the roads, schools, parks and open spaces and community and sports facilities necessary for the new homes.

“Wokingham borough is a great place to live – we are consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the country. This development will bring not only a thriving new community to Wokingham borough, but it will also bring new facilities and open spaces to be enjoyed by our existing residents too.”

Image shows the plans for Keir Ventures and Miller Homes scheme for 1,434 homes.

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