Frequently Asked Questions
We are proposing to demolish the existing buildings and erect 33 dwellings including 25% affordable housing (8 homes). The scheme will retain the perimeter garden wall which has historic links to Binfield Manor. New areas of open space will be created which will be accessible to the general public.
The scheme will comprise a mix of 1 – 4 bedroom dwellings.
The Development Plan for Bracknell Forest comprises of the Core Strategy (adopted February 2008), the Site Allocations Local Plan (SALP) (adopted July 2013), saved policies in the Bracknell Forest Local Plan and the Binfield Neighbourhood Plan (April 2016).
Within these documents, housing allocations have been identified to deliver at least 11,139 dwellings up to 2026 or around 556 dwellings per year. However, in February 2018 the Council published the draft of the new Local Plan setting out policies and land allocations up to 2034. It is anticipated that the Local Plan will be adopted in October 2019. Within this draft Plan, provision has been made for the delivery of at least 12,060 homes in the Borough for the period 2016/17 – 2033/34. To meet this requirement, the Plan indicates that a total of 3,216 extra homes on new sites are required.
In addition, it is accepted that Bracknell Forest does not have the required five year supply of housing. This increases the need for sustainable and appropriate sites to be brought forward to the Council.
As you will be aware the Wyevale Garden Centre site is due to close and therefore this provides an opportunity to redevelop a ‘brownfield’ site. It is noted that the priority has been to make best use of development opportunities within existing settlements, however Bracknell Forest accept that a significant proportion of new development will need to be in sustainable locations on sites outside defined settlement boundaries. Therefore whilst this site is outside of the settlement boundary for Binfield, it is considered to be in a sustainable location with access to public transport and within walking distance of surrounding services and facilities including Binfield village centre.
The site is a previously developed site and lies near to other development sites currently under construction or recently consented, namely, land at Blue Mountain (bringing with it the new King’s Academy facility) being developed by Bloor Homes and Linden Homes and land north of Tilehurst Lane (28 dwellings consented in 2017).
It is anticipated to close in March 2019
As standard practice, we will employ a Site Manager who is a permanent employee of Spitfire Bespoke Homes. They will be situated on site once development starts and will remain in place until the development is complete.
The standard working hours generally imposed by Bracknell Forest Council are 0800 – 1800pm (Monday to Friday) and 0800 – 1300pm on Saturdays with no working on Sundays or Bank Holidays.
The consultant team comprises of:
- Architecture and Design – Ascot Design
- Planning – Boyer
- Ecology – Brindle and Green
- Drainage and Flood Risk – Odyssey Consulting
- Arboriculture – ACD Environment
- Landscape – Pegasus
- Transport – Odyssey Consulting
- Heritage – White Young Green
- Sustainability / Energy – JSP Sustainability
- Archaeology – CgMs
- Site Investigation – Anviron Associates
- Consultation – Snapdragon