Montague Park, Wokingham

Client: David Wilson Homes/Barratt HomesLocation: WokinghamScale: 650 dwellings, primary school, neighbourhood centre, allotments and large country parkStatus: Outline planning permission and related detailed reserved matters approved

Montague Park

Meeting housing requirements in Wokingham until 2026

Montague Park represents the northern section of the South Wokingham Strategic Development Location (SDL), identified in the adopted Core Strategy for the expansion of Wokingham. It will provide 2,500 homes and associated infrastructure in the period up to 2026.

Following written and verbal representations by Turley feeding into the Core Strategy, the allocation of the site was confirmed in 2010.

Extensive negotiations with the Council and local community ensured outline permission was granted in April 2012 at committee for the first part of the SDL, comprising 650 dwellings, a large country park, a two-form entry primary school, a neighbourhood centre and allotments.

Having secured an allocation we then demonstrated through the submission of an outline application how this vision could be interpreted, providing a comprehensive design philosophy to support the layout of residential areas and other key land uses. This provided the basis for the shaping of a well-connected and highly sustainable urban extension.

Reserved matters approval in September 2013 was subsequently granted for phases 1 and 2, including the construction of the first section of the Southern Distribution Road.

Since then we have secured approval for phases 3 to 5, which include the primary school.

Our planning and design teams were involved in providing a vision to the Council of how the urban extension could deliver housing and important infrastructure whilst safeguarding the key constraints of the site, particularly its location in the Local Gap.

This included the submission of an over-arching Design Code and more detailed Design Codes for each phase. The scheme is under construction and has been well received by officers, councillors and new residents.