Peach Place redevelopment given the seal of approval
Thursday 5th March, 2015
During the past year, Wokingham Borough Council has been developing the retail and residential scheme, and incorporating local people's comments received during various public consultations.
When completed in 2018, the scheme will see new retail units, with apartments above, replace the outdated 1960s Peach Street buildings between Costa Coffee and the Redan – this will be retained along with Haka and Marks & Spencer. Four new houses will also be built on Rose Street. Work on site is scheduled to start in late 2016.
New plans for Peach Place
Plans also include a fantastic new pedestrianised public square, which is key to unlocking the town centre's full potential. It will provide a quiet area away from cars with shops, cafes, planting and seating. It will return daily footfall to the town to support retailers. There will also be opportunities to extend the market and specialist events in support of Market Place.
Cllr Philip Mirfin, executive member for regeneration and communities, said:
"This is another important step in the regeneration of Wokingham town centre. Once built, the new buildings along Peach Street will be a huge improvement on the tired 1960s buildings they will replace. There will be a variety of rooflines to reflect the existing buildings in the town, which is what local people told us they wanted.
"We will be able to provide a better range of shops, and create a better balance between national and niche retail, so I’m delighted our plans have been approved.
"Securing planning consent is just the first step in designing the redevelopment of Peach Place. We want to make sure our designs are right for the town and want local people to get involved.”
The council will be working with local people on the next steps of designs such as shop frontages, public art and landscaping. Local residents will also be asked to help create a name for the new public square and the development, which will replace the working title of Peach Place.
The consultation on the Carnival Pool leisure hub proposals runs until Friday March 6th. You can view the plans and take part in the online survey here.
Once the consultation closes, the council will consider all comments before submitting a planning application for the car park, and outline leisure facilities in the spring. Further detailed designs for the leisure parts of the scheme will be developed and consulted upon at a later date.
It is hoped the planning application would be considered in the summer, with construction starting in 2016 (subject to approval).
Cllr Mirfin added: “I'd like to thank all those people that took the time to let us hear their views on the Carnival Pool leisure hub proposals. It's very encouraging to see the amount of feedback we received. The local community quite rightly want to have a say in what happens in their town centre, and I'm pleased once again that they took the time to either visit our exhibitions or view the proposals on our website.”