PLANS have been drawn up to build up to 80 homes in Wokingham’s town centre.
A website has been published this morning that reveals plans to convert a car park and three buildings into the homes.
And the unnamed company behind the proposal said that the site, off Denmark Street, had been “identified by the Council as a key location for new development”.
Under the plans, three buildings – Seymour House and 3 and 4 The Courtyard, off Denmark Street – together with Euro Car Park would become a mixture of one-, two- and three-bedroom houses and be built to be sustainable, with on-site renewable energy generation and rainwater management techniques in place.
There are listed buildings around the proposed development, which is in a conservation area.
However, the documents released by the unnamed company state that there are no listed buildings on the site itself.
The website that contains the proposals says: “The buildings will be of a traditional appearance reflecting existing buildings in the town centre and will have pitched roofs.
“Their height has been carefully considered taking into account the existing development surrounding the site and also the sloping nature of the site away from Denmark Street.”
The site would mean the end of the Euro Car Parks pay and display car park that has, for years, caused confusion with motorists who use the council-owned car park next door. However, 10 spaces that are leased by the council will be kept.
And the developers note: “This work has shown that the availability of parking supply across the town centre will always be greater than the parking demand, even at the busiest times of the week.”
The proposals aim to use an “innovative design approach that respects the historic character of the town”.
The website states: “The site is previously developed, brownfield land within the centre of Wokingham which is identified by the Council as a key location for new development.
“The proposals for the site reflect these designations [from Wokingham Borough Council] and the aim to bring new homes to the town centre.”
The Wokingham Paper tried to contact the developer for a response before we went to press but were unable to do so.
For more details, or to see the plans, log on to denmarkstreetwokingham.property