Plans to build 389 homes and install 40,000 solar panels in Wokingham could get the green light this week.
At a meeting on Wednesday December 9th, the Wokingham Borough Council Planning Committee will make decisions on three major planning proposals.
All three were recommended to the council’s planners for approval.
249 new homes
Wokingham Borough Council has applied for planning permission to build 249 homes on the Gorse Ride Estate in Finchampstead as part of the £ 30 million renovation of the property.
The local council wants to replace 178 shabby prefabricated houses and bungalows on the site with “high quality and modern” houses.
121 apartments, 107 (two- and three-story) houses, 21 bungalows and 398 parking spaces are planned on the site east of Gorse Ride South.
The local council insists that nearly two-thirds (185) of the properties will be affordable and all people currently living on the site have been given the opportunity to return and live in one of the new homes.
The current homes, which were built in the 1970s, are in disrepair due to various problems such as moisture and condensation and the council says “it is not economically viable” to repair them.
140 houses on the former Reading FC training ground
Reading Football Club would like planning permission to build 140 houses in Hogwood Park in Finchampstead, where they trained until their new training facility in Bearwood Park was completed.
The club has made plans for two, three, and four bedroom homes on the 25 acre site and promised to make sure 56 of them are affordable.
There are also plans to provide an area of public green space known as Suitable Alternative Natural Green Spaces (SANG).
A letter from a planning consultant states: “The club believes that Hogwood Park is a sensitively designed, high quality and sustainable development proposal that meets local needs while delivering both market-driven and affordable homes.”
40,000 solar panels
Wessex Solar Energy would like to obtain a building permit for the construction of a solar park with 40,000 solar modules on 48 hectares of farmland in the immediate vicinity of Swallowfield Road in Arborfield.
The plans say the solar panels will generate enough renewable electricity each year to power 3,736 households.
The company is also planning to build a control room and 11 inverter cabins on the solar park, which are to be surrounded by a 2.5 m high security fence.
The planning officers recommended that the company issue a building permit to operate a solar park on the site for 40 years. “The benefits of providing renewable energies would be significant”.
However, nearly 90 people have objected to the plans, claiming they “look ugly”.