Crest Nicholson given go ahead by Secretary of State for new development at Kentwood Farm, Wokingham

Crest Nicholson has been given the go-ahead for the proposed development of a new 19.1 ha (47.2 acres) development at Kentwood Farm in Wokingham, Berkshire. Planning consent for the 274-home scheme was granted by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, following the successful outcome of a Public Inquiry held between November and December 2011.

The development represents phase one of the North Wokingham Strategic Development Location (SDL), one of four major SDLs in Wokingham Borough, all allocated to deliver a total of 10,000 dwellings through the local Core Strategy. Phase one will deliver approximately 1,500 much needed new homes, along with a new community center, primary school and recreational facilities.

The proposal for Kentwood Farm was originally submitted to Wokingham Borough Council in May 2010. Consent was granted on Appeal by the Secretary of State based heavily on the shortfall of housing supply in the local area over the next five years

Crest Nicholson is now working up detailed design plans, with a view to starting on site by mid-2013.

John Terry, Managing Director of Crest Nicholson Communities, said: “This site is of key strategic importance for the region, and it is a fantastic endorsement and testament to the quality of the proposals that Crest Nicholson should be the first housebuilder to have been granted planning consent in one of the primary designated expansion areas for the growth of Wokingham. We are very much looking forward to working with the Council to bring these plans forward and enable the delivery of much needed homes and local community facilities, all of which will bring significant and associated benefits to the entire area.”

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