Plans for 130 homes and a 68-bed dementia care home at the Toutley East site have been approved by councillors in Wokingham.

Wokingham Borough Council’s planning committee approved the plans, submitted by the council itself, on Wednesday, July 13.

The scheme includes landscaping, a potential new buffer to reduce noise from the A329M and pedestrian and cyclist links to the new Matthewsgreen primary school and district centre.

Cllr David Hare, executive member for health, wellbeing and adult services, said: “Toutley East offers us a great opportunity to make sure that residents, especially those with dementia, have the high-quality and specialist care facilities they will increasingly need in years to come. 

“We want to be proactive in helping people to remain in the local area, close to their families and friends, as well as reducing the high costs of having to place people in homes outside of the borough.”

Stephen Conway, deputy leader and executive member for housing, said: “It’s important that we can continue to build the new homes our residents need, especially new affordable homes as we recognise that so many local families are in desperate need.

“Toutley East, which will deliver at least 45 new affordable homes on site, is a great opportunity to support this ambition and ensure everyone has access to high quality energy efficient homes.” 

The outline application was deferred from the May planning committee to allow for a site visit.

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