Fri, 18 Nov 2016
PLANS to build 15,000 new homes on the borders of West Berkshire, Wokingham and Reading have been confirmed by West Berkshire Council.
The three local authorities – West Berkshire Council, Wokingham Borough Council and Reading Borough Council – have submitted an Expression of Interest (EoI) for Government funding for a potential Garden Settlement at Grazeley.
If the plans go ahead, the homes, along with supporting shops, services and facilities, will be built over the next 20 years as West Berkshire Council attempts to meet its target of new homes, including new affordable homes.
The sprawling development will stretch from Spencers Wood in Reading to Mortimer.
However, West Berkshire Council has said the delivery of the new garden settlement hinges on significant Government funding being provided for the vital infrastructure needed, including public transport improvements, investment in roads and other infrastructure such as schools and health services.
West Berkshire Council executive member for planning and countryside, Hilary Cole, said: “The council has a duty to find suitable sites for housing and secure accommodation for future generations.
“This proposal can only be delivered with significant infrastructure which will require government funding and we will continue to work with our partners to explore the viability of a new garden city.”
The council added that the proposed new settlement at Grazeley is just one of the options being considered for providing the homes and infrastructure necessary in the area.