Outline plans for 130 properties and a 70-bed dementia care home at Toutley East have been submitted by Wokingham Borough Council.

The council wants to develop the 7.7-hectare site, next to the Toutley Depot, for energy efficient homes which have solar panels, air source heat pumps and high levels of insulation. The scheme will be accessed from Twyford Road.

Cllr John Kaiser, executive member for finance and housing, said: “With Grazeley no longer a realistic option for housing we need to look at locations where we can deliver the new homes our borough needs with the least impact on residents.

“The Toutley East site was already identified for employment development under the current local plan, however our review showed this was no longer viable, and we proposed to change the site to residential in the local plan update in early 2020.

“Feedback from our masterplan consultation at the start of this year showed a mix of views about the site with some people supporting the idea of carbon neutral development, and others concerned about the impact of noise from the road or about historic flooding in the area.

“We’re confident the proposals we have submitted show how things like this can be addressed, and we will also demonstrate this in more detail through the reserved matters process should we be granted outline consent later this year.”

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