MORE than 4,000 homes will be built across 20 sites across Bracknell Forest if the borough’s new local plan is given the go-ahead.

The new development strategy, which outlines where homes will be built up to 2037 and beyond, was published yesterday.

Time Square houses Bracknell Forest Council

Time Square houses Bracknell Forest Council

It earmarks 20 sites from all parts of the borough which have been selected for development.

Most of these sites, such as Jealott’s Hill in Warfield, had already been chosen for housebuilding in Bracknell Forest Council’s previous draft local plan, published in September 2019.

Some of them, however, such as The Peel Centre in Bracknell, are new to the list.

Where are the sites?


Whitegates, Mushroom Castle, Chavey Down Road, 42 dwellings (15 affordable)

Land to the rear of Forest View and Oriana, Longhill Road and west of Fern Bungalow, London Road, six dwellings.


Coopers Hill Youth and Community Centre, 69 dwellings (24 affordable)

The Peel Centre and The Point, 900 dwellings (315 affordable).

The Peel Centre and The Point on Skimped Hill Lane in Bracknell

The Peel Centre and The Point on Skimped Hill Lane in Bracknell

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Town Square, The Ring, 213 homes (75 affordable).

Former Bus Depot, Market Street, 141 homes (49 affordable).

Jubilee Gardens, The Ring, 100 dwellings (35 affordable)

Land east of Station Way and north of Church Road (Southern Gateway), 267 dwellings (93 affordable)

Bus Station, Station Road, 234 dwellings (82 affordable)


Land south of Forest Road and east of Cheney Close, 40 dwellings (14 affordable).

Land previously reserved for Park and Ride (Peacock Farm), 100 dwellings (35 affordable)

Major housebuilding plans could be delayed again

Major housebuilding plans could be delayed again

Land opposite Popes Manor, Murrell Hill Lane, 13 dwellings (5 affordable)

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Land between Cain Road and Turnpike Road (3M Recreational Land), 27 dwellings (9 affordable)

Land south of London Road (Eastern Field), 10 dwellings (3 affordable)


Land at Beaufort Park, Nine Mile Ride (South Road), 226 dwellings (79 affordable).

Land east of Wokingham Road and south of Dukes Ride (Derby Field), 217 dwellings, 76 affordable


Land adjacent to Lych Gate Close, Lower Church Road, 23 dwellings (eight affordable)

Land adjacent to Swallow Cottage, Lower Church Road, 15 dwellings (five affordable)


Land at Jealott’s Hill, 2,000 homes, 700 affordable

A new illustrative desing for how Jealotts Hill will look

A new illustrative desing for how Jealott's Hill will look

Land north of Herschel Grange, 33 dwellings, 12 affordable

Why does Bracknell Forest Council need to build these homes?

The borough has a local housing need of 11,482 homes by 2037.

In other words, government rules mean the council has to find sufficient space to build at least this number of homes over the next 16 years.

It has already earmarked land for 8,248 homes (either by giving planning permission to housing proposals or by allocating large and medium sites for development), meaning it needed to find sites for an extra 3,234 homes.

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By finding space for an extra 4,676 homes at the 20 sites listed above (3,726 of which are set to be built in the next sixteen years), the council is set to meet its requirement to deliver the minimum number of homes necessary by the target date of 2037.

Major housebuilding plans could be delayed again

Major housebuilding plans could be delayed again

So if the plan is approved and all proposals listed above are taken forward, the requirement will be exceeded by 492 new homes.

What next?

You can have your say on these proposals over the coming months.

The council is set to approve a consultation on the new draft local plan at a meeting on Tuesday, March 16.

Should this be approved, the consultation will run from Tuesday, March 23 to Tuesday, May 11.

Following an examination from a planning inspector over the summer and winter of this year, and any subsequent changes, it is expected the local plan will be adopted by Spring 2022.