Statement on Traveller Encampment - 23/08/2017

On Wednesday 16 August, a group of Travellers set up camp in Baird Road, Arborfield.  The land on which the encampment lies is owned by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, part of the Ministry of Defence, and is not part of the Arborfield Green development.

We understand that DIO attended site to serve notice on the Travellers on Saturday 19 August.  As the Travellers have not responded, we are advised that the DIO are now commencing legal proceedings to enforce an eviction.  

Two horses have been left to graze on land owned by Redrow, who have commissioned GRC Equine Bailiffs to issue a horse seizure warning notice.  If the horses remain on-site after the expiry of this notice, they will be removed by the bailiffs and rehomed.

We are aware of a separate incident where a young foal was found to be very ill and was rescued by a local equine charity called SAFE, who have organised veterinary care.

Crest Nicholson appreciates that there is a considerable amount of concern in the community about these issues and we will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide support to both the DIO and Redrow with a view to restoring lawful use of the site as soon as possible.


Further enquiries should be directed to;

DIO Press Office: 0121 311 2400
Redrow: 01256 442159

Hazebrook Meadow now open to the public at Crest Nicholson’s Arborfield Green

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This new country park will provide much needed public space and encourage local wildlife as the wider Arborfield Green garden village community comes to life

Award-winning developer Crest Nicholson, on behalf of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), has today announced the official public opening of Hazebrook Meadow at the new Arborfield Green garden village just outside Wokingham, in Berkshire.

The 14.3-hectare public park includes over 2.3km of public footpaths and is sure to be a favourite with local dog walkers, families and lovers of the great outdoors. Hazebrook Meadow will also make a positive impact to local ecology, encouraging biodiversity and providing much needed habitats for local wildlife.

The park opening coincides with the first residents moving into the first phase at Arborfield Green, Waterman’s View, a collection of 113 new homes including 23 affordable homes, with a mix of different homes on offer from 1 and 2 bedroom apartments to 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom houses

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Marcus Evans, Sales and Marketing Executive at Crest Nicholson Regeneration, said: “We are delighted to officially open Hazebrook Meadow. It is great news for both new and existing residents that this new country park is available right at the beginning of the transformation of the former Garrison site, due to the significant early investment in the site. We would like to thank Wokingham Borough Council Officers for their hard work and efforts in helping us reach this important milestone for the project. I am very excited to see the Arborfield Green community come together and encourage everyone to come and see this thriving new community for themselves.”

Angus Ross, Executive Member for Environment, Wokingham Borough Council explained: “It is vital to us that our residents can get out in the fresh air to enjoy the countryside and this meadow is a lovely place for them to do just that. This is a large park – around the size of twenty football pitches - and I am looking forward to seeing it become another much-loved place for all to roam. We are required, and delighted, to have these additional country parks providing an alternative to increasing use of the areas of heathland south of us, thereby helping to avert further loss of some heathland nesting bird species.  So, we win locally and help others.”

Crest Nicholson was appointed as the Development Manager for the £600 million former Arborfield Garrison site by the DIO, the estates arm of the Ministry of Defence, in April 2013.

As long term custodian of the development, Crest Nicholson will be responsible for delivering the Arborfield Green vision over the next 12 to 15 years on behalf of the DIO.

Once complete, the development will provide all of the associated facilities and infrastructure required to support a high quality, sustainable and thriving new community. This will include up to 2,000 new homes, 62 ha of new public space and sports facilities, new primary and secondary schools, a new district centre to include a new supermarket and other retail and hospitality units, a gym as well as a new community centre.

For more information on the Arborfield Green development and Crest Nicholson, please visit: https://www.crestnicholson.com/developments/arborfield-green

Help to buy is at hand with Crest Nicholson’s Arborfield Green

First time buyers offered the chance to secure a foot on the property ladder at former Arborfield Garrison site

Local regeneration development Arborfield Green is continuing to help potential first time buyers get their foot on the property ladder with the government backed Help to Buy scheme. Award winning developer, Crest Nicholson, has a range of one and two bedroom flats as well as three and four bedroom houses now available at Arborfield Green, all available to buy as part of the Help to Buy initiative.

Following the closure of the first phase of the Government backed Help to Buy - Mortgage Guarantee scheme back in September there has been some confusion. However, Crest Nicholson are happy to reassure potential buyers that the Help to Buy - Shared Equity scheme, and the Help to Buy – ISA are set to continue. With interest rates and unemployment now at an all-time low, it is a great time to buy and the Government backed Help to Buy Scheme will continue to help buyers get their dream home and encourage the housebuilding industry to bring more new build homes to market.

Mary Timlin, Sales and Marketing Director at Crest Nicholson, explained: “We hope that potential first buyers take advantage of this great offer to get a first foot on the property ladder in Arborfield. We’ve seen a phenomenal amount of interest in Arborfield Green, with the demand far outstripping the national norm, which is testament to the quality of this outstanding development and the local housing market in general. We encourage everyone to come along and see these beautiful homes for themselves.”

When the entire Arborfield Green development is complete, the site will consist of around 2,000 homes, new primary and secondary schools, a library and a gym. There will also be a district centre with shops, food stores, bars and restaurants and a doctors’ surgery.

The Garden Village site is surrounded by green open space and perfect for those who enjoy an active or outdoors based lifestyle. Once complete Arborfied Green will include over 2.5km of new bridleways and 5km of new footpaths, alongside 3 acres of new play areas and 4km of new cycle-paths.

For more information on Arborfield Green, please contact Haslams Estate Agents in Reading on 01189 601 010 or visit their offices in Friar Street.

Crest Nicholson announces sale of further land parcels at £600m Arborfield Green site

Award-winning developer Crest Nicholson, on behalf of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), has today announced the sale of land parcels H, I & J at the new £600m Arborfield Green Garden Village development in Berkshire to Redrow Homes Southern Counties.

The 15-acre site is allocated in the Arborfield Green masterplan for up to 220 homes and is located south of the new Nine Mile Ride Extension. The site forms part of the southern gateway to the new garden village.

Redrow is expected to bring forward initial proposals in accordance with the site’s Design Codes and outline planning permission over the next few months.

Commenting on the sale, Crest Nicholson’s Project Director Hugo Reeve said, “Crest Nicholson is delighted to be working with a fellow developer of Redrow’s calibre. As the DIO’s development partner, Crest Nicholson’s role is to ensure the Arborfield Green vision is protected and delivered, and we are pleased that Redrow shares our ambition.”

Jon Fletcher, Managing Director of Redrow Southern Counties said, “This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the new garden village and create a thriving new community at Arborfield Green. Redrow is committed to working with the existing residents and their representatives to ensure the provision of new homes, including homes for affordable rent and shared ownership.”

Crest Nicholson was appointed as the Development Manager for the £600 million former Arborfield Garrison site by the DIO, the estates arm of the Ministry of Defence, in April 2013.

As long term custodian of the development, Crest Nicholson will be responsible for delivering the Arborfield Green vision over the next 12-15 years on behalf of the DIO. Once complete, the development will provide all of the associated facilities and infrastructure required to support a high quality, sustainable and thriving new community. This will include 2,000 new homes, 62 ha of new public space, new primary and secondary schools, a library, gym, retail and hospitality units and a new community centre.

First Affordable housing released at Crest Nicholson’s Arborfield Green site

Crest Nicholson is pleased to announce that the first affordable rent and shared-ownership homes at Arborfield Green have today (Friday) been handed over to Catalyst Housing.

The 23 homes, comprise 12 houses and 11 apartments and are located off Biggs Lane in the new Waterman's View area of the Arborfield Green Garden Village. They are the first of some 400 housing association homes that will be delivered on the former garrison site.

With over 80 years’ experience Catalyst Housing is one of the leading housing associations in London and the South East providing a wide range of housing solutions and community development initiatives working with residents and other partners to meet local needs.

Crest Nicholson's Development Director, Hugo Reeve said, "Crest Nicholson is delighted to be delivering these much needed homes for Catalyst Housing at such an early stage of this new Garden Village community".

Sue Cooper, Head of Business Development said, "Catalyst Housing is really excited to be a founding part of the new Arborfield Green community".

Crest Nicholson is pleased to announce that the first affordable rent and shared-ownership homes at Arborfield Green have today (Friday) been handed over to Catalyst Housing.

The 23 homes, comprise 12 houses and 11 apartments and are located off Biggs Lane in the new Waterman's View area of the Arborfield Green Garden Village. They are the first of some 400 housing association homes that will be delivered on the former garrison site.

With over 80 years’ experience Catalyst Housing is one of the leading housing associations in London and the South East providing a wide range of housing solutions and community development initiatives working with residents and other partners to meet local needs.

Crest Nicholson's Development Director, Hugo Reeve said, "Crest Nicholson is delighted to be delivering these much needed homes for Catalyst Housing at such an early stage of this new Garden Village community".

Sue Cooper, Head of Business Development said, "Catalyst Housing is really excited to be a founding part of the new Arborfield Green community".

First new secondary built in Wokingham Borough in half a century welcomes its students

The first new secondary school to be built in the Wokingham Borough for more than 50 years opens its doors for the first time today (September 7).

More than 100 students have joined Bohunt School Wokingham off Sheerlands Road in Arborfield. Initially they will use the existing legacy buildings, adjacent to the new £32.5million school building being constructed, thanks to Wokingham Borough Council, on the former Arborfield Garrison site.

The frame for the new building is complete and work is now focussing on the internal features including the learning spaces and IT infrastructure for learning designed to meet the needs of modern teaching. Staff and students will move into this new building in September next year (2017).

The state-of-the-art school, being run by Bohunt Educational Trust, will initially cater for up to 1,200 pupils. Within the building there is a suite of customised STEM (science, technology, engineering and science) rooms, science labs, a drama theatre, and large light and open plan areas which will house the school’s impressive, ICT, art and learning resource centres. All this coupled with the sports facilities in the adjacent sports centre, 3G AstroTurf and tennis and netball courts make the new school a fantastic facility for the borough’s young people.

The new school is being built as part of the major development coming to Arborfield in the years ahead* and will cater for pupils from the new homes as well as from existing communities in the south of the borough. The site is at the heart of the new garden village of the Arborfield Garrison development, which will also include community facilities, a sports hub around the new school and shops.

The new village will also have two new primary schools; one located on the northern part of the site and one on the southern part.

Cllr Charlotte Haitham Taylor, executive member for children’s services, said: “After all the hard work and dedication of so many people, I am thrilled we are able to open the first new secondary school in more than 50 years in Wokingham Borough. It’s great news for the children from the south of the borough.

“This is an excellent example of partnership working and it’s an ambitious project, which we have all risen to the challenge of.  We’ve been committed to providing this much needed school with facilities that are fit for the 21st Century and that inspire the students to fulfil their potential. We’ve invested significantly, and in fact we are one of very few councils actually building new schools. Once the new school building is open it will also benefit the wider community.

“The foundations of this school have been built on strong parent involvement. The parent reference group and the wider community have been involved every step of the way. Their involvement has helped us turn our ambitions into reality.  I wish everyone at Bohunt School Wokingham the very best for the future.”

Ben Godber, headteacher at Bohunt Wokingham School, said: “It’s been quite something, watching the legacy buildings transform into a brilliant temporary teaching facility, eclipsed only by the stunning new build next door. To be at the vanguard of such a fantastic new adventure is an awesome feeling and we are thrilled to be able to bring the vision and values of the Bohunt Education Trust to this region.

“We have a superb team of staff assembled, chomping at the bit to bring the highest expectations, unparalleled opportunities and ethos of Enjoy, Respect and Achieve to the new school. All the ingredients are here to enable our students to develop into genuine ‘game changers’”.

Hugo Reeve, development director at Crest Nicholson, said: “Crest Nicholson is delighted that a new secondary school has opened its doors at our new Arborfield Green garden village today. It really has been a collaborative effort over the last two years, working in close liaison with Wokingham Borough Council, their contractors Dawnus and the new school provider Bohunt.

“This will be a fantastic new facility for both new and existing residents and one that will only strengthen the sense of community we are building here at Arborfield Green. We are very proud to have been a part of this project and look forward to our new sales and marketing suite opening on the 17 September, and welcoming our first residents into their new homes later this autumn.”

Crest Nicholson launches new £600m 2,000 unit Arborfield Green Garden Village scheme on former garrison site

Developer announces that first sales have begun at 2,000-unit regeneration development at former DIO Arborfield Garrison site in Berkshire

Award-winning developer Crest Nicholson has launched its new £600 million Garden Village scheme, Arborfield Green; the regeneration of the former Arborfield Garrison in Berkshire into a significant new community of 2,000 homes. Crest Nicholson was appointed as the Development Manager for the former Arborfield Garrison site by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), the estates arm of the Ministry of Defence, in April 2013.

As long term custodian of the development, Crest Nicholson will be responsible for delivering the Arborfield Green vision over the next 12-15 years on behalf of the DIO. Once complete, the development will provide all of the associated facilities and infrastructure required to support a high quality, sustainable and thriving new community. This will include 2,000 new homes, 62 ha of new public space, new primary and secondary schools, a library, gym, retail and hospitality units and a new community centre. The off-plan sales launch of Arborfield Green took place on 21st May at Haslams Estate Agents in Reading.

The Arborfield Green site was Crest Nicholson’s first partnership with the DIO, following which the developer secured a second partnership with its appointment to the £1 billion Wyton Airfield site in November 2014. The development of the former Arborfield Garrison site also includes the restoration of two former military buildings, the Horse Infirmary and Moat House for community use and value.

The regeneration scheme secures more than £66million of external investment into the Arborfield community, including around £26million for highway improvements on and around the former Garrison site. Once finalised the Arborfield Green development will provide Wokingham Borough Council with a £7 million new primary school, and a £30 million new secondary school, with 3 further community building assets of up to £5 million, and increased council tax from 2,000 new homes.

Arborfield Green already enjoys a rich and established landscape which is being embraced as part of the new Garden Village development. Crest Nicholson has committed to creating new areas of country parkland to encourage biodiversity as well as providing open spaces for residents. Plans include the creation of a brand new Linear Park running the whole length of the site, while the newly created Hazebrook Meadow will be open in time for the first property completions in Autumn 2016.  

When complete the site will include over 2.5km of new bridleways and 5km of new footpaths, alongside 3 acres of new play areas and 4km of new cycle-paths. As part of the development process Crest Nicholson is working closely with both Parish Councils and key local stakeholders to ensure the local community is engaged. A Community Liaison Group has been established to ensure the local community is kept abreast of construction activity and to allow a two-way conversation between Crest Nicholson and the local community.

Chris Tinker, Board Director at Crest Nicholson, commented: “We are excited to be launching our latest regeneration project, a multimillion pound 2,000-unit scheme on the site of a former garrison. The development will create much needed new homes and community space for the local area, as well as new jobs, retail and hospitality units to boost the local economy. 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 project is a long-term partnership and we are working closely with the DIO, Wokingham Borough Council and key local stakeholders to ensure a smooth delivery on site, allowing early investment in infrastructure and ultimately increasing land value and best value for taxpayers.”

The development includes a host of local road and junction improvements, including an extension to the Nine Mile Ride and contributions to enable the delivery of the Arborfield Relief Road. The Nine Mile Ride extension will enable the planned new Secondary School, being delivered by Wokingham Council, to open in time for the first property completions in September 2016.

Crest Nicholson Unveils first homes at Arborfield Green

Waterman’s View, the first phase of this new Garden Village development, is set in stunning countryside within commutable distance to Reading and London

Award-winning developer Crest Nicholson has announced it will launch the very first homes at Arborfield Green, a stunning new garden village development nestled in the attractive Berkshire countryside, within easy reach of Reading and London, on 21 and 22 May 2016.

The first phase of Arborfield Green, named Waterman’s View is a collection of 90 private homes comprised of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments and 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom houses.

The initial launch is due to take place on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May exclusively at Haslams Estate Agents on Friar Street in Reading, where prospective buyers can act quickly to reserve a selection of 2 bedroom apartments. The further 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom houses are due to become available in late Summer 2016.

When the entire Arborfield Green development is complete, the site will consist of around 2,000 homes, new primary and secondary schools, a library and a gym. There will also be a district centre with shops, food stores, bars and restaurants and a doctors’ surgery.

The Garden Village site is surrounded by green open space and perfect for those who enjoy an active or outdoors based lifestyle. Once complete Arborfied Green will include over 2.5km of new bridleways and 5km of new footpaths, alongside 3 acres of new play areas and 4km of new cycle-paths.

As part of the development Crest Nicholson has also committed to creating new areas of country parkland to encourage biodiversity as well as providing open spaces for residents. The newly created Hazebrook Park which is situated adjacent to Waterman’s View will be open in time for the first property completions in Autumn 2016.  

The hustle and bustle of Reading town centre remains within easy reach, as does its excellent shopping and entertainment facilities just a 23 minute drive away.  Ranked in the top 25 Guardian Good University guide, students may also wish to consider the excellent education opportunities presented by the University of Reading.

Arborfield Green’s convenient location only 4 miles from the M4 motorway means residents will have easy access into London and Bristol. Wokingham Station is also just 3.5 miles away, with train journeys into London Paddington via Reading taking just 49 minutes.

Mary Timlin, Sales and Marketing Director at Crest Nicholson Regeneration, said: “The upcoming launch of the first phase of Arborfield Green is very exciting for the local area and everyone is involved with this development. We expect there to be very high demand for the initial release, and especially amongst first time buyers hoping to take their first step on the property ladder.

“The 2015 Family Hotspot report named Wokingham as the best place for families to live in the UK – largely on account of its high average salaries, excellent schools and low crime rates.  This endorsement for the local area combined with the enviable setting of Arborfield Green is set to prove attractive for the future residents of the development.”

Mike Shearn, Head of New Homes at Haslams Estate Agents explained: “Arborfield Green is set to be a fantastic development that will really benefit the local area, regenerating the old Arborfield Garrison site. We have received a great deal of interest from first time buyers, families and investors alike given the proximity to both Reading and London. We encourage everyone interested to come along to the launch weekend and learn more about this fascinating development.”

For more information on Arborfield Green, please contact Haslams Estate Agents in Reading on 01189 601 010 or visit their offices in Friar Street from Saturday 21 May.

Arborfield Green Phase Three Exhibition

Residents will be asked their opinions on the third phase of the Arborfield Green development next Saturday (23rd April) as Crest Nicholson unveils its proposals for around 223 new homes in the south west section of the former garrison.

Plans and designs for “Parcels A-G”, an area bounded to the west by Eversley Road (A327), south of Tyler Drive and east of Sheerlands Road will be on display at the Garrison Community Centre, Sheerlands Road, Arborfield, RG2 9ND on Saturday 23rd April from 1-5pm.

Parcels A-G will be submitted as one Reserved Matters application which includes the provision for allotments.

Crest Nicholson representatives, and members of the project team, will be on hand to answer questions and explain the detailed designs.

Commenting on the proposals Crest Nicholson’s Director Hugo Reeve said:

“Crest Nicholson has committed to consult residents throughout the development of the new Garden Village at Arborfield Green. There has been extensive discussion with local people over the past two years and their input, along with that of local councillors, has proved invaluable to date crafting various changes to the design and layout of the village. This consultation exhibition will build on that valuable contribution.”

Green light given to Crest Nicholson proposals

Artists impression of Phase 1 of the scheme

Artists impression of Phase 1 of the scheme

Plans for the first phase of new homes by Crest Nicholson Regeneration on the former Arborfield Garrison site have been given the green light by Wokingham Borough Council’s Planning Committee.

The scheme, which gained unanimous approval, will see 113 new private and affordable 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom homes developed on part of the former Arborfield Garrison site close to Biggs Lane.


The whole Arborfield Garrison site received outline planning approval in April 2015 which established the principle of development on the site together with access for up to 2,000 new homes, a district centre, a neighbourhood centre, a secondary school, primary schools and public open space.


Hugo Reeve, Development Director at Crest Nicholson, said: “We are delighted with the committee’s decision and would like to thank the councillors for approving our application. We would also like to thank the planning officers, Parish Councils and local residents for their involvement during the consultation and we look forward to continuing the dialogue as the project progresses. We look forward to commencing work on this first phase which will deliver much needed quality new homes, in a well landscaped setting where a number of homes will benefit from attractive lakeside or countryside views.”


It is expected that work could start on the construction of the new homes in early 2016. The whole Arborfield Garrison development will gradually take shape over the next 10-15 years and will deliver a wealth of new community assets and infrastructure to support both new and existing residents alike.