Home plans laid bare for residents of Warfield Park
Published: 6 Oct 2013 16:300 comments
More than 250 people attended an exhibition at Warfield Park Community Hall to look at three options to improve the 510-home site.
Barry Sumner, managing director of Warfield Park Limited, said the new housing would allow investment to be made in the site, which is more than 60 years old.
He said: “The park has grown organically over the years, giving it its unique and charming character with the lanes winding between well-established hedges and mature trees, making it one of the most beautiful home parks in the country.
“The park continues to evolve, and has reached a stage where it needs to make some important decisions.
“The park’s utilities need investment to modernise them, and this has to be financed. In particular, the overhead electricity network – the only one of its kind serving a park home estate remaining in the UK – needs replacement.”
The three options range from 115 to 176 new homes, and would be built in the next 15 years.
Funds raised from the new development would help upgrade the existing utilities on the park, including replacing the old overhead electricity network and installing a new natural gas network, to replace the existing Calor gas system.
Option one provides for 176 new homes mainly around the periphery of Warfield Park, together with some limited infill within the park.
The second scheme proposes 134 homes and involves less development on the South Field at Chavey Down Farm, and proposed homes on the north-east edge (C) in option one being removed.
The final idea would lead to 115 new homes being built within the existing mature tree boundaries of the South Field at Chavey Down Farm.
Mr Sumner said: “There is a housing need in Bracknell for affordable low cost homes, especially for young families wanting to get on the housing ladder, and older residents, or 'empty nesters’, who want to downsize to something more manageable now that the family has moved out.
“Warfield Park is ideal to meet some of those needs.”
He added other benefits could include the resurfacing and enhancement of Long Hill Drive, a new green open space at Chavey Down Farm and a more regular daily bus service through the park.
Anyone who would like to view the proposals and give their views can do so online at www.planningconsultation.net/warfield-park.