BOROUGH executive will vote on revised plans for the Wokingham development next week.
Plans for the flagship community of new homes reach a pivotal moment on January 30, when Wokingham Borough Council’s decision-making executive is due to discuss the design plan for the development.
If the executive approves this developer’s brief produced by Wokingham Housing Limited, it will form the basis of the scheme’s planning application which it is hoped would be submitted within the next few weeks.
The design plan has been revised to reflect public wishes following consultation, and now features four fewer units (68 in total now) and 28 more parking spaces (96).
The executive is also due to consider a 50/50 tenure mix for the scheme, split between social and intermediate rent, with the latter set at prices lower than the market level.
The new Eustace Crescent – which will be renamed via a public competition being launched shortly – will boast a range of modern homes from one bedroom flats to four bed houses each with their own private amenity space or garden.
Most former residents of the current blocks have been found new homes in other parts of the borough, with the remaining handful due to also relocate in the near future when demolition can begin.
Wokingham Borough Council’s multi-million pound scheme to regenerate Eustace Crescent’s tired 1960s blocks hopes to also create a community where local residents feel proud of where they live.
“This is an exciting stage of this project; the beginning of things moving up a gear,” said Cllr John Kaiser, executive member for general planning and affordable housing.
“Many thanks to everyone who took part in our consultation last year and the one earlier this month. Your input and feedback and ideas have been invaluable to help us fine tune the plans to make sure we get the very best for the existing residents on Norreys Estate and also their new neighbours.”
Members of public will be able comment again on the plans as part of the formal planning application process. Subject to planning approval, it is hoped construction would start on site by the end of the year.