Detailed proposals for new homes at Spencers Wood and Three Mile Cross head to committee

14 Oct 2013

Detailed proposals for the first phase of development of new homes and facilities at Spencers Wood are to be presented to Wokingham Borough Council Planning Committee on Wednesday 16th October 2013.

The proposals result from almost two years of discussions with officers by Taylor Wimpey and David Wilson Homes alongside a thorough public consultation. A series of regular meetings (from Autumn 2011 to Summer 2013) have been held with officers and stakeholders looking at design and technical elements such as style, access and associated junction improvements.

The proposals are consistent with the outline planning application for up to 900 homes, access, open space and a new primary school which the Planning Committee resolved to approve on 18th September (subject to completion of a legal agreement). This has established and endorsed the principle and parameters of development such as the number of new homes, access, limits to density and building heights and their location. This application seeks to add detail – such as layout and elevations of each dwelling and associated access and landscape design – to allow 276 of these new homes to come forward.

The first phase is the catalyst for the delivery of the wider Spencers Wood and Three Mile Cross proposals as a whole. Early delivery of Spencers Wood brings forward important facilities such as the new primary school, sports pitches and SANG alongside affordable and market homes to meet local needs. The high quality development reflects the character of the area around the proposals and this has encouraged the development, through sensitive design, to integrate and enhance existing landscaping and create a sense of place.

An illustration of the scheme, taken from the main route through the proposed Spencers Wood development, has been created by Taylor Wimpey to give councillors and residents an idea about how the development would look.

Ian Tant, Senior Partner of Barton Willmore LLP, on behalf of the developers, said:

‘We’ve listened to the views of local residents and councillors and put together a relatively low density scheme, with a mix of house types and sizes alongside provision of new affordable new homes. Resulting impacts of the development – from traffic to drainage – have been assessed in great detail and the result is a high quality new scheme that will help to deliver the new homes that Wokingham needs.’