Arborfield Green will follow the design and community philosophies of the Garden City Movement however tailored to a more rural village scale and character. The masterplan is landscape led, retaining and enhancing the existing mature landscape as the site’s most valuable asset. The driving mantra will be to put all residents in contact with countryside life, whilst enjoying the close convenience of facilities and amenities to support modern living.

Planning permission was granted by Wokingham Borough Council on 2nd April 2015 for the Land Use Masterplan. This established the principle for development of the site, together with Outline Consent granted for the following:

  • Up to 2000 new homes including 80 assisted living homes
  • 20% affordable housing provision on site, 15% off site contribution
  • Secondary School
  • Primary School
  • District Centre
  • Community Centre
  • Doctors Surgery
  • Open Space including sports pitches, play areas and allotments
  • Reprovision of nursery facilities

Detailed Consent was also granted for the following:

  • Two country parks providing 38.4ha known as SANG (Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace)

Although the delivery of this exciting new community will take shape gradually over the next 12 - 15 years, Crest Nicholson and the DIO have committed to deliver the following assets early, to ensure the Garden Village community ethos is enshrined from the outset:

  • 35 acres of new landscaped parkland, open to the public by autumn 2016;
  • A network of further public green-space, pedestrian footpaths, cycle ways and bridleways throughout the site, linking to existing routes;
  • A new secondary school, opening in September 2016 (delivered by WBC);
  • A new road as part of the Nine Mile Ride extension, completed by 2017;
  • A new primary school
  • New bus routes and services connecting the site to Wokingham, Reading and Bracknell;
  • The historic horse infirmary buildings brought back into a community use, as part of the new heart of the Garden Village