New homes and communities
In 2004, Wokingham Borough Council recognised the potential of a coordinated approach to development in Shinfield, Spencers Wood, Three Mile Cross to help it meet the need for new homes in the borough. South of M4 SDL was one of four strategic development areas which were identified to deliver new homes in Wokingham up to 2026.
There is a real and pressing need for new homes in Wokingham, to ensure that it can continue to support local residents and help people onto the housing ladder. Help to Buy has been offered extensively across the developments, alongside provision of new affordable homes – managed by a housing association – for rent and shared ownership schemes. These proposals alone have already helped hundreds of people find a home.
Housing is being brought forward around the three villages of Shinfield, Spencers Wood and Three Mile Cross. Shinfield Meadows (formerly Shinfield West) has sought to deliver a range of 1,350 new homes including 150 homes for older residents, sheltered housing and a new primary school. It is predominantly being delivered by Bovis Homes, Linden Homes and Bloor Homes.
Littlebrook, off Cutbush Lane saw an additional 126 homes ranging up from one- and two-bedroom apartments to five-bedroom houses developed by Bellway.
A further 126 high quality homes including a mix of apartments, semi-detached and detached residences have been built at The Manor, Shinfield to replace the derelict buildings at the former research site operated by the National Dairy Institute. These will come forward as Heritage Park, by Charles Church.
900 new homes are being delivered at Spencer’s Wood and Three Mile Cross by Barratt David Wilson and Taylor Wimpey. Known as Croft Gardens, many of the new homes are now built and occupied.