Local Plan Update

WBC’s current Local Plan for housing development runs until 2026. The Council previously consulted on a new Local Plan, covering development until 2038, in Mar 2020. However, this plan had to be revisited when the Ministry of Defence’s objected to the proposed “new town” at Grazeley due to its proximity to the AWE at Burghfield.

Details of a revised plan were approved by WBC executive in Nov 2021 and were then put for consultation. The consultation closed on 24 Jan 2022 and WBC are now in their consideration phase until Jun 2022. Further details can be found here.

In summary the revised plans included: a garden village of about 4,500 homes at Loddon Valley/Hall Farm, south of the M4 between Shinfield, Arborfield and Sindlesham, with at least 2,200 to be built by 2038, plus about 800 homes within our existing South Wokingham major development and another 2,700 or so across 46 smaller sites.

Approximately 700 of those additional 2,700 houses are proposed across 7 sites in or near Emmbrook. ERA’s response to the consultation focused on those developments and can be found here.

Specific documents from the Executive Meeting held on 12 Nov 2021 and from the consultation can be accessed below: