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
Notwithstanding the concerns expressed by the Society and others, the plans for what is called Carnival Phase 2
were approved in November 2017
There were separate discussions with the public about the proposal to relocate the Library to this site. Despite reservations expressed by the Wokingham Society’s Executive Committee, the decision has been taken to proceed with that plan.
There is still a fair amount of detailed planning work to be carried out however, and building is not expected to commence until 2020.
The Borough Council has decided to delay starting the work (by about six months) until completion of the new Bulmershe Leisure Centre, so that there will still be a sports facility in the area when the existing Carnival Pool is closed for rebuilding.