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New homes could replace former Guide Dogs Association site in Wokingham

Published: 1 Jun 2014 17:301 comment

A DETAILED planning application for 100 homes and a park has been submitted.

The proposed development, on the former Guide Dogs for the Blind Association site in Folly Court, Wokingham, would see a mixture of two, three, four and five bedroom homes built.

The submission follows an outline application approved by Wokingham Borough Council.

Some residents are worried about the impact that more homes would have on traffic. There will be about 200 parking spaces on the site.

In a comment to the council, Nigel Smith, from Holmes Crescent, noted the possible impact the increased activity would have on the roads, and said: “I feel it is important to look at the roads around the site and understand the problem adding 100 houses to the area would create.

“The twisty Molly Millars end of Oaklands Drive is filled with cars daily, making it difficult for drivers to navigate past them in both directions. Adding a further 100 houses to this site will make this worse.”

Stephen Trenwith, land director at Bewley Homes, which owns the site, said some roads would be narrowed to improve sight lines, and said: “The local authority standards are very stringent and we have complied fully and worked closely with them.

“There will be a travel plan which helps people and encourages them to use other forms of transport.

“It’s a good location and you can walk to the station if you wish.”

A total of 27 of the homes would be 'affordable housing’. A park is due to be built when half the homes are occupied.

Comments are being received on the detailed plans until Friday, June 6, and can be found using reference F/2014/0912.

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