Following public consultation about the preferred route of the North Wokingham Distributor Road (NWDR) the
Borough Council announced in 2014 that it would proceed with a technical study towards delivery of Route B,
favoured by 78% of respondents, which would entail a new road at the western end.
However, the technical report stated that the proposed route would: - increase the flood risk to residential and commercial properties in the Toutley area; - pose chemical hazards in the vicinity of the scrap yard in that area; - and disturb both the Millennium Arboretum and the nearby allotments while offering no suitable alternative.
It was agreed by the Council Executive in October 2015 to accept an alternative route for that section of the NWDR so that it would now pass through the Matthewsgreen Farm development.
Local residents were dismayed by this outcome, given the understanding they had previously that Route B was deliverable.
The revised scheme also provides for widening Bell Foundry Lane, softening the bend at its eastern end and adding a parallel footpath and cycle way within the section adjacent to Cantley Recreation Ground.
The above map shows that the NWDR is to be delivered in seven sections, each requiring individual planning permission. This has already been granted in respect of the Kentwood Farm and Matthewsgreen Farm sections and work is under way. An application the Bell Foundry Lane section received Outline planning permission in 2017 and the remainder are expected to come forward for approval during 2018, with a view to the road being fully open in 2021.