BIG PLANS to deliver more than 700 new homes in the town centre have moved a step closer.

The News revealed in May Bracknell Forest Council (BFC) was looking for a partner to develop proposals for £300 million worth of town-centre regeneration investment.

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Plans include redeveloping Market Street, Jubilee Gardens and Coopers Hill to create space for the new homes, as well as new offices, hotels or community facilties too.

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Documents suggest 227 apartments could be developed at Market Street, 200 residential units could pop up at Jubilee Gardens and another 200 homes could feature at Coopers Hill.

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Now bosses are set to draw up a shortlist of their preferred partners for the regeneration work, despite originally intending to do this in July.

Cllr Peter Heydon, BFC’s transformation and finance, said: “We’ve reached a milestone moment in the tendering process to find a suitable, experienced and creative development partner to regenerate three key sites around Bracknell town centre.

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“The project will not only help us to regenerate these sites to boost our economy and provide new homes and employment opportunities, but it will also provide much-needed funding for our frontline services like a new centrally based youth facility for our young people to enjoy.”

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BFC hopes to award the regeneration contract in June 2020, with the aim of starting building work in 2021.

Part of the plans involve selling off Coopers Hill Community Centre - something a portion of users are not happy about it.

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But BFC says the site would need £1 million more investment to keep it to a usable standard and plans are in advanced stages for a new centre in Braccan Walk.