Following a period of public consultation, the Wokingham Town Centre Regeneration Team submitted a planning
application for the redevelopment of the Carnival Pool site. The application was hybrid, in that it sought full
planning permission for a new multi-storey car park, including a relocated bowling alley and laser play facility,
and outline permission (with a detailed plan to follow in due course) for a new leisure complex and residential
There were separate discussions with the public about the proposal to relocate the Library to this site.
Notwithstanding the concerns expressed by the Society and others, the plans for what is called Carnival Phase 2,
including a new library, were approved in November 2017. The design for the apartments on the west side of the site
was, however, withdrawn and new plans were submitted in January 2020. The response of the Society’s Executive
Committee can be seen here.
Work will not start on the site until completion of the new Bulmershe Leisure Centre later in 2020, so that there will still be a sports facility in the area when the existing Carnival Pool is closed for rebuilding.