The new 4,000-unit development in Bracknell that will provide “cheaper homes”


A new estate to be built in Bracknell will now include affordable homes, the latest plans have revealed.

The houses will be part of a 4,000-unit subdivision intended for Jealott’s Hill in Warfield.

And the latest proposals now include 1,400 “cheaper homes”.

That means 35 percent of housing will be affordable, 10 percent more than the Bracknell Forest Council requirements.

The council is now asking residents what they think of the updated plans.

Councilor Chris Turrell, Executive Member of Planning and Transportation, said: “This is a very important plan as it sets out the council’s approach to creating new neighborhoods over the next 16 years based land supply, residents’ feedback and many other factors.

“There are significant changes, including the real possibility of creating a new comprehensive neighborhood in Jealott’s Hill, so it’s important that we capture our residents’ feedback on the plans so that they shape the physical future of the city. arrondissement. “

The Jealott’s Hill site spans 240 hectares and is used as a research center by multinational technology company Syngenta, but some of the research typically undertaken at the site is no longer necessary.



The Bracknell site where the new houses will be built

New development is proposed for 4,000 homes because, according to a council report, future operations at the site depend on the development to help finance it.

Two new primary schools, a new high school, a recreation area, a community hub, a health facility and more infrastructure would join the homes if the plans came true.

If plans were to go ahead, the boundaries of the green belt would have to be changed and the first houses could be ready by 2027, with housing development work to be completed by 2049.

Andrew Purcell, Head of Real Estate at Syngenta, said: “This is an exciting opportunity that would secure the future of Jealott’s Hill as a destination for cutting-edge science and innovation, providing jobs to the next generation of scientists working together to meet global challenges.

“A sustainable garden village community, along with state-of-the-art commercial spaces, will provide the next generation with the opportunity to live, work, learn, play and grow on the site, supported by a multitude of schools, health care, recreation and sports facilities. “

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Consultations on the council’s draft local plan took place in February 2018 and September 2018, but the comments received by the authority and the new national planning rules mean that it wishes to seek the opinion of the inhabitants again for take into account the “future needs” of the borough.

Earlier versions of the draft local plan suggested 670 houses were to be built in the borough each year, but that number fell to 615, meaning 10,455 houses could be built in Bracknell Forest by 2036.

Some sites identified to accommodate these new homes were removed from the draft plan after feedback from residents, including two sites in Winkfield and two spaces in Binfield.

New areas included in the updated proposals include land in Sandhurst and two sites in Bracknell, including the Station Road bus station.

There is “no need for additional office space” according to a council report detailing the changes made, but the land at Hewlett Packard in Cain Road has been removed from consideration for potential housing due to the need for land for the job.

The board is expected to approve plans to move forward with the next round of consultations on Tuesday, September 24, which would run from October 25 to December 6 if the green light is given.

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