In 2011 the Government decided that Arborfield Garrison would close in 2015, with military services relocating to the former RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire, and the site was identified for disposal to be developed as a new community.
After a competitive process, in April 2013 Crest Nicholson was appointed as Development Manager for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO- the estates arm of the Ministry of Defence), to lead forward the visioning and delivery of this new community. As long term custodian of the development, Crest Nicholson will be responsible for delivering the vision over the next 12-15 years on behalf of the DIO, and will have significant vested interest in its success by delivering half of all the homes proposed.
Wokingham Borough Council (WBC) allocated the garrison and neighbouring land as a Strategic Development Location (SDL) within their adopted Core Strategy. In April 2015 WBC granted outline permission for the masterplan of the Garrison land to the north of the SDL which provides for up to 2,000 new homes on the site, a new primary school and a secondary school as well as a district centre including a food store, cafes, a community centre and healthcare facilities, as well as associated infrastructure and open space.
Since late 2015, the REME garrison have been preparing to leave for their new home at the former RAF Lyneham, with a phased withdrawal by April 2016 This marks an important milestone for both the army and the redevelopment of the site as Crest Nicholson start to take on the management of the estate on behalf of their partner, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation.
Crest Nicholson were delighted to receive planning approval in November 2015 from Wokingham Borough Council for the development of the first phase at Arborfield Green. Parcel O1, located off Biggs Lane. This will see 113 new 1 and 2 bedroom apartments and 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom houses developed in a rich landscaped setting befitting of the Garden Village vision, where a number of new homes will benefit from attractive lakeside and countryside views. Affordable homes will also be provided within the scheme.
We are now working on proposals for the next phases due to come forward for consultation and we will continue to engage with residents, stakeholders and the council at an early stage prior to submitting a planning application.