A WOKINGHAM depot is set to be redeveloped to improve office spaces at the site.

Toutley Depot, on Old Forest Road, could see changes with councillors set to give revamp proposals the go-ahead in the coming days.

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Plans include:

  • Demolishing all existing structures at the site
  • Phasing in new buildings including workspaces, storage and office blocks
  • A new staff car park layout

Wokingham Borough Council (WBC) hopes to “modernise” the buildings at the site, which are said to be in a state of “poor repair”.

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A WBC report read: “The proposed revised site layout is considered acceptable and the buildings would be an improvement over the existing buildings.

“The proposals would not result in significant harm to the character and appearance of the surroundings.”

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No letters of objection were received from residents or Wokingham Town Council.

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The re-development comes after WBC planning chiefs refused plans to allow a concrete batching plant to stay at the site in 2018.

Wiltshire Concrete set up a mobile concrete plant at Toutley depot on Forest Road in May 2017 having taken over the running from previous leaseholders Suez.

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The concrete firm faced opposition from Emmbrook residents before vacating the site in August 2019, with some unhappy at the plant’s presence.

WBC submitted an application for the redevelopment of the site in November 2019 which indicates the work will be completed in two phases.

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The first phase will involve providing a new office and operator’s building on the western side of the site, where the existing car park is located.

Office accommodation would go up at the north of the site, shower and changing facilities would be built at the south, and three new buildings, including a salt barn, would be erected to the east.

The proposals will be discussed at a WBC planning meeting on Wednesday, February 12, where councillors are expected to approve vote on the designs.