Improving the town centre experience
Over the years we have been working hard on the scheme incorporating local people's comments received during consultation. Following our initial consultations, we listened to Wokingham residents and have tailored the plans for Peach Place Plaza to reflect their comments:
- Keep the Peach Street buildings – M&S, Haka & Redan
- Retain Marks & Spencer business
- Introduce a more varied roofline and detail
- Consider car parking provision
Here are details of what the proposals include:
New Peach Place retail area
- Create a much better frontage to Peach Street and replace 1960s arcade block
- Retain the Redan, Haka and M&S buildings to create a more varied streetscape
- Breakdown buildings into more varied blocks to reduce feel of one large building
- Introduce more variety of roof styles to reflect existing buildings around town
- Improve size and quality of shop units supporting boutique style shopping for our residents
- Anchor stores to improve footfall and support retail circuits
- New toilets for all to use
New public plaza
- Lower buildings around the public square to create a smaller and intimate space
- Quieter space away from cars with shops, cafes, planting and seating
- Opportunities to extend market and specialist events in support of Market Place
- New apartments over Peach Street retail to improve vibrancy, create natural security in the plaza and aid viability
Improved frontage onto Rose Street
- Create new houses facing onto Rose Street to bring back the residential feel of this end of the road
- Introduce more architectural detailing and references from existing buildings in the town centre
- Replace the building frontage above the jewellers and opticians
- Create improved linkage through to Waitrose and open up plaza so the pedestrian route is reinforced.
View the map to see how it will look.
Planning application and consent
We submitted the planning application for Peach Place in December 2014, with an eight week public consultation, which closed on January 30th. The development was given planning consent by the Council's Planning Committee on March 4 2015.
We have now begun the process of delivering this phase of the regeneration within Wokingham town centre.
You can view online or download the leaflet which contains further information on the proposals for Peach Place.
Detailed Design consultation
On November 16 2015 the Regeneration team held a joint workshop with Wokingham Town Council looking at the detailed designs for the improvements to Market Place and the new square at Peach Place. The workshop was well attended and looked at a range of things such as preferred materials, street furniture and how the spaces should be laid out to make them flexible for a range of uses throughout the year. You can view the feedback from this event on the Council's website.
A follow up event was held on January 27 2016 to look at the approach to the Peach Place facades including details around brickwork, render, windows and shop front design. Click on the following links to download the presentation, worksheets and feedback from the event to find out more.
Information from these workshops has been used to help produce detailed designs in preparation of work starting.
Works started January 2017
In November 2016 the Council appointed Dawnus Construction Ltd as the main contractor for the project.
Since then they have been finalising the processes started by the council, such as applying for any necessary licences and highways approvals, and preparing the site ready to start works.
On Monday January 9, 2017, the Council formally handed over the Peach Place site to Dawnus to enable them to start development of the exciting new development which is expected to be up and trading by Christmas 2018.
As part of these works the Rose Street car park has now permanently closed and pedestrian access across the site will be temporarily closed off during development.
You can keep up to date on all the latest Peach Place news and programme on the Delivery section of the Regeneration microsite
Compulsory Purchase Update
Alongside this, on September 3 2015, Wokingham Borough Council made the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) for Peach Place.
The council continues to seek to acquire all land and rights required to deliver their proposals through negotiation and will revert to CPO powers only where an agreement cannot be reached.
The Council has now received confirmation of the CPO and the documentation can be viewed here
- Confirmed Compulsory Purchase Order
- Confirmed CPO Plan
- Notice of Confirmation and Preliminary Notice of Intent to make a GVD
On December 9 2016 the council moved forward with the CPO, as part of the usual process for preparing the site for development in January 2017, and issued the General Vesting Declaration for Peach Place.