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Bell Farm Development

In 2016 Berkeley Homes presented a proposal for128 dwellings at Bell Farm, to the north of Bell Foundry Lane (see plan below), a number not included in the North Wokingham Strategic Development Location proposals agreed by the Borough Council. This was originally displayed at public consultation on 6 June and met with concerns from local residents in respect of the unplanned additional numbers and the possibility that, as with Keephatch Beech, the Council might not be able to reject the application when it is submitted. The developers said that the scheme would deliver enhancement for the adjacent stretch of the Distributor Road along Bell Foundry Lane and a new country park within the site.

Bell Farm Development Plan

An application was subsequently submitted and approved by the Borough Planning Committee on 28 October 2016. The Society’s Executive Committee did not make any submission in view of the similarity of the plans to those submitted by Bellway and Shanly Homes for Keephatch Beech.

Construction commenced in the Autumn of 2017.

The development is being marketed under the name of Eldridge Park.

The Wokingham Society’s proposals for street names have been agreed; these are: Bingham Drive; Hazylwood; Eldridge Avenue. The Emmbrook Residents’ Association has chosen the remaining two names: Francis Drive; and Brant Close.